‘Greenberg’ Movie Review

*where I write a “review” of an upcoming movie and base my opinion solely on the film poster.

So. Ben Stiller is Greenberg. I’m guessing that this might be a more serious role for Stiller as he is looking a little disheveled with his messy hair and extra pale complexion. I’m guessing that Ben Stiller is hoping that Greenberg will do what ‘Man On The Moon’ or ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ did for Jim Carrey by giving him a little more credibility and some more serious roles. I’m guessing his character is either a crazy scientist, suffering slightly from some form of mental illness or a clinically depressed but altogether endearing and lovable person. But then I’m just taking a stab in the dark.

It seems that mixing hand-drawn illustration and photography in a poster seems to be the quickest and easiest way to indicate a grown-up “indie” flick nowadays. The mix of sans serif and handwritten type is what you’d except for poster using the photography-mixed-with-quirky-illustration combo. I like the use of white space, it’s a little unorthodox for a movie poster and shows a confidence. Hopefully this confidence will be present in the movie itself. I also quite like the green shade chosen for ‘Greenberg’.

I like the way your eye moves around the poster; first to Ben, then your eye follows his to the slogan above and then along the bottom to the movie title and then to “from the acclaimed director of…”. It works well so I predict the movie direction will be simple but effective. And I loved ‘The Squid and the Whale’ so I’ll definitely go see it when it’s released in Ireland. I recommend you do too.

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3 Responses to “‘Greenberg’ Movie Review”


  1. 2 Gareth Stack May 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I found this review entertainingly Greenbergian.

  2. 3 CMrok93 May 20, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Well saw it the other day and while portions of the movie are slow the concepts presented are interesting, but they’re never fully fleshed-out. It’s also not for everyone but I have to say I did like how well this guy was developed. Good review, check out mine when you can please!


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