This poster is a visual stunner. The most obvious attribute is the horizontal image of the Jackie Robinson character (played by Chadwick Boseman) sliding into a base turned counter-clockwise producing an incredible composition now on the vertical.
There’s a lovely compositional arch from left hand to head to right hand that leads the eye into the folds and lines of his uniform taking the observer’s gaze through to the bottom of the image.
He’s sliding full force, now downward, as if from heaven above—being thrown into a new world by the sheer power of gravity. A force no one can stop. His right hand is clenched into a fist like a soldier called into battle. But his left hand lingers above still holding onto what used to be a firm foothold.
His incoming feet kick up dirt showing his arrival is a massive disruption to the status quo. Jackie’s expression is nothing less than a war cry.
The image is beautifully over-sharpened and the overall color desaturated giving the feeling of a glimpse back in history.
The white background is perfect contrast to the image. Any attempt to include photography elsewhere would detract from the main image; and whether placed horizontally or vertically, would look improper.
I am a graphic designer, screenwriter and baseball fan, this poster impresses on all three levels. I don’t know who or what team designed this poster but it is a home run for sure.