In response to the emails about yesterday’s post, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene, I am offering a few more opinions about the use of Cohen’s Hallelujah as the musical setting for a sex scene between two of the superheroes, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II. (Update: See also Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah As Watchmen Sex Scene Soundtrack – Debate Continues)
First, check out James W. Rockwell’s open letter to Zack Snyder at Who Watches the Director of Watchmen?
Adrian du Plessis1 offers an interesting observation about a subgroup of the population that may be less divided in their opinons:
This is the video:
I’ve pulled some representative selections from those YouTube comments:
Thats what got me hooked to the song, I love this song, matter of fact that was the only good thing out of that boring long, worthless film, that and Zych Snyder’s amazing quality skillful professional directing, other than that forget that trash.
Sex is one aspect of the song, but it is in the greater context of love.
The song is written about sexual intercourse. Good lord why do people thing this is a religious song? It mentions god, and hallelujah isn’t solely a religious term, it’s a term to express happiness.
Haven’t listened to the song closely yet. But it appears to be about lovers making a spiritual connection. Which is exactly what was taking place in “that scene.” It was fine for a lovemaking scene in a movie.
omfg this scene in watchmen is amazing(as is the rest of the movie). I’m pretty sure my eyes were having an orgasm
OMg I work at the theater and all the ushers sing is this song. I effin love it.
This song worked great in the scene. It didn’t feel out of place. “Jeff Buckley described his own rendition of the song as an homage to “the hallelujah of the orgasm”
I really thought the music choice was AMAZING! It’s definitely not what I would go for, but it some just clicks! Amazing piece of work, really.
agreed. Watchmen was about as perfect a movie adaptation as can be made and had great use of music. this song and “two riders were riders were approaching and the wind began to howl” from Hendrix’s cover of “All Along the Watchtower” timed to when Night Owl & Rorschach approach in Antarctica rocked.
Watchmen had arguably some of the best use of vocal songs in a movie ever
I have to be honest. I hadn’t heard this song before the movie. It’s a very erotic song, though. And its placement in the movie made a lot of sense. It was fine in the movie, and added to the scene.
Bonus: One More Critique Plus “Nuked The Fridge”
The “Nuked The Fridge” Reference:
I may well be the last person – even in northern Illinois – to stumble across this phrase, but just in case there is one other reader as naive as me, I’ve included a definition and background as well as an explanatory video.
This will be on the final exam.
Nuked the Fridge – Urban Dictionary “Nuking the fridge” refers to the moment in a film series when it becomes apparent that a certain installment is not as good as previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events, or characters. Originating from the film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Harrison Ford’s character survives a nuclear detonation by getting into a lead-lined fridge before being blown thousands of feet only to crash back down and emerge safely. The absurdity in this occurrence is that, although lead is radiation proof, lead melts at 620Â°F and is not resistant to the millions of degrees, that say, an atomic bomb would put out. This is the prime example of the lower quality and outlandishness disgorged as a continuation of the series, and thus the phrase was coined. The saying is also a reference to the phrase “jump the shark,” referring to an episode of Happy Days where the Fonz jumped a shark on water skis, considered the lowest point of the show. “Jumping the shark” is applied to a television series alternatively to film. “Star Wars really nuked the fridge when Jar Jar Binks was introduced.” “Indiana Jones 4 nuked the fridge when they nuked the fridge.”
Indiana Jones and The Nuked Fridge