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13 March 2012 @ 06:58 am
True Crime Book Reviews about Blue-Eyed Butcher  

On March 3, 2012, Lifetime premiered Blue-Eyed Butcher, a true story movie based on the Susan Wright case [...]

First thing I noticed is the producers really softened Susan by using Sara Paxton for her role [...]

But not only was Susan’s looks softened with a much prettier actor, but so was her personality. In Blue-Eyed Butcher, Susan Wright is dainty, naive, and very obedient of her husband. The real life “Sus” is anything but.

Justin Bruening, playing the role of Jeff, is pretty good at his role. He plays the role of a handsome single guy who falls in love with the blue-eyed blonde then becomes the jackass husband after the babies are born.

Yet the real star of this movie is former House star Lisa Edelstein who plays Kelly Siegler, a no-nonsense female ADA who finds Susan’s story of self-defense to be complete and utter hogwash. Edelstein does a fantastic job of taking on Siegler’s persona and flair for courtroom dramatics, doing everything but outright calling Susan a liar to her face while she’s on the stand.


freyasouthfreyasouth on March 13th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Fantastic to see Lisa get a great review for her part as Kelly Seigler. The consensus amongst critics seems to be that the best part of the film was LE. Well done to her for shining in her role.
isahevrasisahevras on March 13th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
Shine on, girl!
Whereever she goes, she shines, anyway!

I'm glad today, I found out there were now two French actresses I liked ( both in their thirties or early forties).
For me it's an exploit!
As for male French actors, there are several I admire.
I miss my Edelstein anyway!
stef0stef0 on March 13th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Shine Lisa, shine!
megalisamegalisa on March 13th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
it's wonderful to see Lisa's performance getting so many praises.
she does stand out without a doubt.
cuddysphonecuddysphone on March 13th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
What are they waiting for to give her the leading role in a TV show ?!!
norhunorhu on March 13th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Some other reviews (in case you want to add them):

"Both Paxton and Bruening aren't a threat to Meryl Streep; on the other hand, if they ever make a TV movie on the life of Gloria Allred, I'd say they should consider Edelstein. She does barracuda well."


"Honestly, the movie could have used more Lisa Edelstein. She portrayed a tough as nails and extremely determined prosecutor quite well."


"Edelstein’s Siegler comes off as determined, focused and sometimes a little cold herself. She repeatedly belittles Susan Wright, in a deliberate attempt to neutralize any sympathy a jury might naturally feel for an attractive young blond mother.

On a channel that has its own reservoir of sympathy for women, Edelstein in the process risks making her own character unsympathetic. But she doesn’t come off as necessarily wrong, and in the end “Blue-Eyed Butcher” gives the viewer no imperative guidance as to exactly how guilty Susan Wright really was".


"Lisa Edelstein, who played Cuddy on "House" is very good here as the prosecuting attorney"


Edited at 2012-03-13 11:58 pm (UTC)
kekamckekamc on March 15th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
gr8 to see Lisa´s talent being recognized!
Katielieueitak on March 13th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how all of these reviews have the same thing in common: Lisa was the best part. Granted, we are talking about a pretty bad TV movie, but it's nice to see that in nearly every review, she is free from the criticism that the other actors/aspects of the film received.
norhunorhu on March 13th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I think Lisa´s scenes were pretty good. The first half of the movie is crappy because it focus in the boring Susan who shouldn´t have been that boring given what kind of person she was but the way she was presented was annoying as hell.

The movie would have been much better if it has focused in the trial and the lawyers instead the love story.

And Lisa was terrific. She made me want to know more about her character.

Edited at 2012-03-13 11:53 pm (UTC)
Katielieueitak on March 14th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think the writers really did themselves a disservice by presenting Susan in such a flat manner. They seemed to feel that being pretty and committing murder was all that needed to be said to create interest, and clearly that just wasn't true. In a way that aspect of the writing emphasized Lisa's awesomeness. I feel like most people who watched knew that things weren't that simple when it came to Susan. We were rooting for KS, because the writing didn't give us enough to really feel much for Susan.
norhunorhu on March 14th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Look at the comments in the official site of the movie http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/blue-eyed-butcher There is someone who was a friend of both, Susan and Jeff. I wish the movie had told that story. It would have been much more interesting to watch.

Actors weren´t that bad tbh. Paxton did an ok job with the material she was given. She isn´t a strong actress so she wasn´t capable of adding anything to her not so great scenes. I liked her in some moments of the film but overall she didn´t shine at all.

The guy who played Jeff was better but his only purpose was to look like a jerk to give the audience a reason to hate him and love Susan.

I liked Susan´s lawyer and Jeff parents but there is a character who really got my attention the second time i rewatched Lisa´s scenes. First time i almost didn´t notice him. It´s the guy who goes with Siegler everywhere. He is totally expendable. His only purpose is to get tied to the bed so Siegler can perform her creepy scene. But watching him a second time i realized the actor does a good job with just a few lines and a little to do. Siegler is the one who carries the action. He is just there, in the office, in the trial, in the morgue. But he has such a nice chemistry with the woman that i feel his presence lets her shine even more.

That´s what happens with House. House is THE character. Hugh is THE actor. But both character and actor aren´t that interesting or attractive without great supporting actors around who let them show how great they are.
switman on March 14th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
kekamckekamc on March 15th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
"both character and actor aren´t that interesting or attractive without great supporting actors around who let them show how great they are"

lisafandglisafandg on March 15th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I like a lot this movie there are some scenes that are a little strong but i like it a lot specially of cuorse when Lisa appears she acts so so good she is so passioned i love the endeavor that she puts i love it hehe:)