The gaze

This poster is running on the tube at the moment and has been bothering me.

I don’t like it because the way the woman is looking at the man implies that he and his interests are the most fascinating thing in the world to her, warranting her undivided attention. He, on the other hand, gets on with actually doing something.

I haven’t read the book, but I get the feeling the poster slightly misrepresents the film. In almost all the press material I have seen about the film (reviews etc.) they are using this picture, which is obviously very similar, but has a far more equal feel about it.

In this version, you get the sense of these people connecting, and of the woman having something of interest to add to the story. These differences are subtle and important and the strength of the woman is lost in the need of the poster to show us more of Ewan McGregor’s face.