There has been a rash of films and TV shows using the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” and mostly to ill effect in my opinion. I won’t go on and on about it since I already have here at IFC quite recently.
There is a consensus among most here on the issue and that is: stop using the song. However, some “Watchmen” fanatics are in hardcore opposition, and some Leonard Cohen fans (or perhaps just lovers of the song, be it Buckley’s version or Cale’s or K.D. Lang’s, good grief) think the song should shine anywhere, anytime. Given the hate mail, there are also a few vigilantes aligned with them who are determined to come after anyone opining about it no matter what. Hey vigilantes, you’re right about how I can’t find a girlfriend. You’re just wrong about everything else.
Well, it seems the man himself tends to agree with me and those saying lay off the song already. A concerned Canadian reader tipped me off to this interview in which Cohen speaks specifically about the use of the song, also mentioning it’s use in “Watchmen.”
(Forward to about 33:43 and dig Cohen’s comments)
If you’re Canadian, or you’ve watched the Billy Bob break down interview, you’ll recognize the interviewer. One Jian Ghomeshi, hero of Q TV, defender of Canada, server of so much gravy.