this is a brilliant poster.
the movie has already begun.. the first poster plays perfectly against this one. it's like.. here's a baby foot, what of it? yeah.. the places it'll go, the world it is born into, the journey of life being constantly renewed/reset/reborn.. and then now BAM.. this is the whole movie, what of it? yeah, there's so many amazing images we couldn't even choose one.. the entire journey captured in moments that give you a sense of the things you'll see..
and it makes sense. within the poster there are various visuals motifs.. one of them is this low angle infinite horizon shot. the walk into the sunset (or is it sunrise?) under the title is probably the most iconic example and it recurs in the shots which have been highlighted in the trailer as purposely reminiscent.. those shot from the back looking towards the distance.. but it also recurs in these shots taken from below the actors, eg. the frames containing the names Sean and Jessica.. and two spots above Sean.. (and more.. like row 11 column 2).. this angle is reversed in a few other shots such as the two window views (fifth row, 4th and 5th from the bottom, under "malick")..
i guess it's more interesting to think about the few shots that DONT display this effect.. a few close ups and medium shots.. but no i think they are examples of the effect being obscured momentarily. i think the result of this constant perspective is to give the impression that there is no up or down, beginning or end, that in this story physical orientation itself is an illusion.. above and below are all playing out on the same plane.. just as penn's character is consumed with thoughts from the past in the present.. various events in time are also playing out on top of each other.. the shots in space must therefore play within this motif.. they automatically fall into infinite perspective since they are on the grandest scale possible.. the mere vision of a star or a planet is beyond a horizon.. its limit lies in the far distance of the universe where time and space disappear completely (or are constantly being born?).
malick wants us to become familiar with these images. they should flicker in and out of our memories.. they should be internalised and then experienced again externally.. there's more to say about this poster (and not to mention stefen's kirstie alley confession
) but i'll leave it here for now.. i can't wait to watch the rest of this movie.