Can’t Wait to See Atlas Shrugged Movie!
It’s final: Atlas Shrugged movie is set to hit the big screen on April 15, America’s tax day! Atlas Shrugged is, course, the bestselling novel written by novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.
A 1991 survey conducted for the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club revealed that Atlas Shrugged made the most difference in the lives of 5,000 Book-of-the-Month club members surveys next to The Bible. In nonscientific online survey conducted by Modern Library in 1998 of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, Atlas was rated #1 although it was not included on the list chosen by the Modern Library panel of authors and scholars. The list was formed on 217,520 votes cast.
Just recently, the Atlas Society hosted a sneak preview of the $25 million movie’s first ten minutes. A Facebook friend and avowed Objectivist, Richard Gleaves, wrote an excellent review wherein he said that the movie’s first part was “very good” and that it was “better than I expected”.
Based on this preview, I am hopeful, but my fears are not totally dispelled. Whether the movie is really good or not depends on how they handle the stylistic disconnect between the quasi-naturalism of their storytelling technique and the stylized romantic language of Galt, etc. And that stilted exchange with Mulligan worries me. Visually, however, I think it will be excellent — even innovative.
I think it will be as faithful as a Harry Potter adaptation, which has pitfalls of its own, of course — namely that, in the rush to get everything in, you linger on nothing and so the film becomes a “greatest hits” recap of the book.
The production quality is far higher than I expected; they’ve done a lot with very little money and they definitely “get” the story. So there’s a lot to be hopeful about.
Notwithstanding my criticisms, my expectations have been raised by this preview, and I feel better than I did previously about the project. It looks professional and visually gorgeous. The casting is good, and I look forward to seeing those opening credits in an actual theater.
From Gleave’s exciting review I really can’t wait to see the movie next year.
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