Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The "Atlas Shrugged" Review* Updated

I have been looking forward to the "Atlas Shrugged" movie. It has only been out about 5 days and if you haven't seen it yet- I thought I'd render a Frankenstein Government review of the film. I saw a matinee version (Tues) and there were about 30 people present. Only one young couple. That's too bad.

I am going to review it here and make the assumption that you might not have read the book. 

The movie is a little confusing in the beginning but sorts itself out within the first 1/2 hr. Character development is slightly better than average. It is slow. This is not a movie for children or anyone else prone to ADD or ADHD. This is an educational movie. It is about business, politics, and a government completely mired in collectivism, mediocrity, and regulation. Precisely where we are now. It takes awhile for the themes in this film to materialize, but they do. In fact, I had fantasies about chaining the President to a seat and forcing him to watch this- but like most collectivists- it would do no good.

The name John Galt is introduced several times in the movie with an air of mystery. I found those introductions a bit over dramatic but tolerable. For the uninitiated..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galt

I am one of those guys that doesn't really give a shit about critics and movie reviews. I knew I was going to go see this movie no matter what anyone had to say about it. I have just finished reading a slate of hateful reviews and it is completely predictable to see lefties and statists panning this flick. People simply cannot give objective views anymore with out inserting their personal spin.

All in all, I'd give the movie a B...maybe a B- if I was going to compare the movie against the book. Not bad. The acting is decent, not spectacular.  Go see this movie if you'd like to learn something and remember this "script" was written 60 years ago. Ayn Rand is not exactly Nostradamus- she is far more accurate in her predictions. I am not sure when Part II is slated- but I'll be waiting for it.


Anonymous said...

Part 2 is slated for 4/15/2012. But it isn't written yet. Guess it depends on how Part 1 does!

Dave said...

Looked in the Moonbat Express for movie times, not in theaters here. We'll see if it comes. It may have already been here.

A movie like this is not going to do well. Anything that takes some thinking aint gonna make it. Now, if you spell out the plotline in block letters, have a couple of blue aliens competing in a talent contest, followed by a ballroom dance competition, then you got something. Sad.

davecydell said...

Looking forward to it( on netflix streaming, i'm a cheap bastard)

Watched "Inside job", fantastic but nothing new to this old fart, the American Idol crowd needs a viewing.

If I was dictator post 911, I would have made "Lawrence of Arabia" mandatory viewing, hence no chance of Iraq or Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanks for the review. Several bloggers who have seen the movie said there were a lot of young people in audience and they all said that there was applause a the end. That is a good sign.