Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



watchmen_smileyAfter some savage early notices, the critics seem to be warming to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen movie. Roger Ebert in the Chicago-Sun Times gave it this glowing review. Here’s my interview with Snyder from yesterday’s Ticket.

It wasn’t the forum to offer my own opinion on the film. (Donald Clarke was reviewing it.) But for the record, I thought it was tedious, overlong and preposterous. I saw it in L.A. and was jet-lagged at the screening. Frankly, it was a struggle to stay awake.

March 7th, 2009.


  1. Declan Cashin Says:

    The critics have been really savage. Yer man in The Guardian gave the fairest review I think.

  2. admin Says:

    Personally, I agreed with every word of that Hollywood Reporter piece myself. But it’ll be interesting to see what it takes in the US this weekend.

  3. Emma Says:

    What did Malin Ackerman can say at the press conference that was so gasp-inducing? I’m intrigued!

  4. admin Says:

    Hey Emma, well it’s a long story and kind of a SPOILER (so DON’T read on if you don’t want to know):

    Briefly, one of the key scenes in the film is a flashback depicting the brutal attempted rape of Carla Gugino’s character. It later transpires that Gugino’s character goes on to have a relationship with the man who tried to rape her and Ackerman’s character is the product of that union.

    It’s a really brutal scene in a film that aches to be taken seriously. The two other journalists in the roundtable were female and middle aged, a Russian and an Israeli. They were both clearly troubled by this element of the story, asking what kind of message this sent out etc. etc..

    Gugino was bending over backwards to talk about the issue sensitively. Then one of them asked Ackerman why she thought a woman would have a relationship with a man who had assaulted her so brutally. She just giggled and said “I dunno, maybe she liked it rough!”

  5. Emma Says:


  6. Rob Says:

    They should find a way to squeeze that line in to the DVD version, it’ll give people a reason to buy it.

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