Have yet to see Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, whose reviews have been universally good (many ecstatically so), but am very aware of the need to be emotionally prepared for the experience (thanks Oprah!). The film, about an illiterate, obese teen who suffers unimaginable physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by her parents, reportedly pulled in $1.8 million this weekend in limited release, showing in just 18 theaters.
While the stars of Precious have been getting a bunch of positive press (including Mo’Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) and the requisite jump-start on an Oscar push, the movie posters deserve major accolades. Powerful in their simplicity, these pieces are nothing short of brilliant. While the goal is commercial, they’re true works of art.
On the left is the Saul Bass-inspired preview poster from a few months ago. On the right is the one currently displayed in theaters, the title character’s near-invisibility interpreted through an oil painting. The use of a Carrie-like necklace as the movie title is a stroke of artistic genius. (Click images for a closer look.)
For more about Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, including local showtimes, visit the film’s official site.