Poster Peek: ‘The Greatest’


While the movie may be “The Greatest,” the poster is anything but.

Now that Carey Mulligan is an Oscar-nominated star on the rise, a small film she made right before doing “An Education” — one that probably wouldn’t have seen a promoted distribution otherwise — is looking to garner some attention. In “The Greatest,” Mulligan is a troubled teenager whose boyfriend was killed in an accident, who finds herself thrust into the lives of Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon, the parents struggling to cope with the recent death of their son.

With the floating autumn leaves and the vaguely emotional gazes into nothingness from Brosnan and Sarandon, the poster for “The Greatest” practically screams “soppy sad drama here!” So if that’s what the studio was going for, mission accomplished. Why Brosnan and Sarandon are eerily hovering over a scene of Mulligan making out with who I presume is their deceased son is beyond me, but at least they seem to be OK with it.

“The Greatest” premiered last year at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and then played at several other festivals. It will play in select theaters in March and early April, with a DVD release planned for April 12.

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3 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. 1

    They did a brutally bad job of rendering Pierce Brosnan on the poster.

  2. 2

    Exactly what I was fearing when I saw the trailer. Hollywood always emphasizes the sappy at the expense of truly real emotion.
    Too bad for the actors who, I’m sure, are all very good at fulfilling their contractual obligations. I’ll probably rent this one, on a day when I need to remind myself about fake sentimentality.

  3. Mo GB #

    Pierce Brosnan deserves better than this. His movies shouldn’t be dependent on the Carey Mulligans and Robert Pattinsons of the world to get any attention.