Let’s make this short and sweet. You know what I like about the poster for David Cronenberg’s new film, A History of Violence? It’s how there’s a normal movie poster in there – Viggo and Maria Bello big as life, against a stormy sky. Maybe if this was a normal movie they would be hovering in the sky over Viggo’s diner from the film, something like that.
But this is Cronenberg, and the simplicity of the boring old poster design is shattered by a hand in the foreground, holding a gun. In fact there’s more gun than Viggo on display here, and I sort of wonder if the way the gun is obscuring his face isn’t on purpose. Like maybe, just maybe, it’s got something to do with his own obscured past.
I can’t wait to see this film. I had a chance to talk to David Cronenberg about it at San Diego, and I also had a chance to talk to some LA folks who had seen it. They all agreed it’s a damn good movie.