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I think that when you talk about the Elizabeth most people immediately remember Cate Blanchett’s performance as the title character. It’s a great film that has a lot going for it, but that performance really is something else, and I believe that it is the main reason why the movie is so well liked.
Given that, it’s only logical for Blanchett to be front and center in any poster for the movie. After all, that is a big part of what people want: seeing her as that character again.
That said, there are good ways and bad ways to build a poster around her. And I think this poster is an example of the good ways. It’s very clean and sharp, but still manages to add some elements in there, like the armor she is using and the tagline above, that serve to indicate that this movie will perhaps have a little more action and adventure. Which is good by itself because it makes the movie look exciting and is also good because it helps to differentiate the sequel from the original.
Consider me pleased.