Irish comedy, 'The Stag' starring Andrew Scott and Peter McDonald is having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, and journalists have been given the opportunity to share the first image of the poster for the film. The poster is a very important selling point for any film as it serves as the introduction to the movie and needs to tell the casual observer what the movie is about.
'The Stag' poster is a mix of art and photography, very colorful and a good indication of the wildness of the film as it plays on the theme of a bachelor party which is known as a "stag" by including an actual stag with his eyes covered by the hands of "The Machine" (McDonald) whose character is apparently even wilder than the animal itself!
McDonald, who is smiling, is flanked on either side by Hugh O'Conor (Fionnan, the groom), and Andrew Scott (the best man) in their wedding attire. O'Conor is holding his head in frightened dismay while Scott is smiling in what looks to be a publicity shot that may have been taken of the actor rather than the character he plays. I assume a smiling Scott was more pleasing to the total image than the mostly exasperated and less-sunny Davin in the film. Although, I'm not so sure I agree with that being a good idea. I'd rather see Davin in his deadpan look or frustrated flailings at the experience he's undergoing than yet another picture of cheerful Andrew Scott. But, it's not a deal-breaker. The poster lends the film a bit of a bright, 60's look with the primary colors and imagery.
'The Stag' is being touted by some as Ireland's answer to 'The Hangover' which is a nice shorthand for the public to grasp quickly what they might be in for, but 'The Stag' looks like a whole lot funnier and pleasanter experience to me than a movie about a bunch of sloppy drunks who degenerate into even bigger losers -which was not an easy accomplishment - on their road trip with the groom-to-be than they were when the film began. Ironic that the Irish carry the racial slur of being drunks, which we don't see much of in 'The Stag' (in the film's trailer, anyway), but 'The Hangover' which was a gigantic hit, is nothing BUT drunks.
I think I'll take 'The Stag.'