Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Imposters #44: Cesar Chavez

Oh, dear friends and strangers, Now is a tumultuous time. I'm in the middle of a move, working 60-70 hour weeks for 4 weeks straight, and a few other problems to be endured or resolved. Truly, with 21 days until this site's 5th anniversary, it is a dark time for the Rebellion.

But screw all that. A positive mental attitude and the help of family and friends... Well, you don't need the greatest fortitude to survive when you have all that...

April will have music-themed questions, I think. DJ's Winter Soldier (maybe Friday) and my two-part Serenity and Iron Sky review are coming. I'm also going to review I Know What You Did Last Summer.

This week's poster review is below, and one more entry will go up this week. There's so many reasons to be happy at the start of this lovely new month.

The poster for Cesar Chavez contains understandable mistakes. The biggest one is that it's too busy. There is no negative or unused space at all, and so it's sort of a strain on the eyes. This is not a fatal flaw, but it sure doesn't help the goal of promoting the motion picture.

The flip side of that, of course, is that this film is about an important American farmer and political figure, and so uninterested Americans have to get as much information as possible when they see this ad. The guy died in 1993, and his political activities were prominent between the 1950's and the 1970's, so it's incredibly likely that lots of people today barely have an idea who this is. No, it's not about the Mexican boxer with the same name.

I'm sure that's what the designers were thinking, anyway. They made it impossible to ignore the cast members' names, or the title, or the historical significance of the story. The downside to all this concentrated pushing is that it's a little hard to just enjoy and appreciate what should otherwise be a pretty nice-looking poster.

The color scheme is pretty and appropriate for the film's simple agrarian context. I like so many elements of this poster, and yet can't really support the overall work. It's bjust a dsmn shame...

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