Courtesy of fantastic poster database IMPawards, we have new one-sheets for not one, but two upcoming Jim Carrey films. Firstly we have the very yellow poster for I Love You Phillip Morris, which also stars Ewan McGregor. This unique story of two men falling in love in jail bowed at Sundance, and got pretty good reviews. It also marks the directorial debut of the writing duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who previously penned the excellent Bad Santa.
I think this will be a troubling film for many to get their head around. Bruno is showing us that gay people are still treated as horror stories in some areas. This could explain it’s safe release date of February 12th. I would like to see them move this up to release date nearer to awards contention time, as then its surprise entrance wouldn’t give time for dim-witted protesters. All this is by the by though, as we’ll have to wait a long time to catch this, making the poster somewhat redundant.
The second poster is for a wholly different Carrey vehicle, A Christmas Carol, which will be completely motion capture. This means Carrey gets to play not only Ebenezer Scrooge, but the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Could be a good idea if all are different enough from each other, otherwise audiences will be wondering why Jim Carrey’s got schizophrenia. This is step three in director Robert Zemeckis’ mo-cap adventure, after Beowulf and The Polar Express, and will most likely be monstrously successful, as it cashes in on family trips to catch a Christmas film.
The German poster is pretty awesome, and more than a little eerie. Its a definite mark up on the poster we got before and hopefully shows that there will be an edge to this film. To many ‘kids’ films soften up the scares, but from personal experience a dose of fear is good for a child. For example, since Dumbo I know to avoid pink elephants, which has served me well as I’ve never ran into one. I say this because Dickens’ story freaked me out a bit, but then ghosts telling you how shit you are is a bit of a kick in the head. We’ll see what Zemeckis has in store come November 6th.
What do you think? Which Jim Carrey film has you excited?