Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Now in Theaters: Real Americans Defy Liberal Critics
A brain-dead liberal movie critic gave Atlas Shrugged Part 1 a one-star rating. This leftist reviewer, Roger Ebert, doesn’t like the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus. Ebert wrote:
So OK. Let’s say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you’re an objectivist or a libertarian, and you’ve been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown. It’s not enough that a movie agree with you, in however an incoherent and murky fashion. It would help if it were like, you know, entertaining?
The movie is constructed of a few kinds of scenes: (1) People sipping their drinks in clubby surroundings and exchanging dialogue that sounds like corporate lingo; (2) railroads, and lots of ’em; (3) limousines driving through cities in ruin and arriving at ornate buildings; (4) city skylines; (5) the beauties of Colorado. There is also a love scene, which is shown not merely from the waist up but from the ears up. The man keeps his shirt on. This may be disappointing for libertarians, who I believe enjoy rumpy-pumpy as much as anyone.
OK. This brain dead leftist trashes the movie simply because he didn’t read the book. How can a liberal understand deep philosophical concepts? Heck, they don’t even know the negative economic impacts of massive government spending and redistribution of wealth. They don’t even have enough brain cells to understand that before wealth can be looted it must first be produced. This shows that Hollywood is now under the control of leftists and hypocritical liberals who denounce production and free market capitalism when in fact it is both that give them millions of dollars in revenues and profits.
Observe the dishonesty and inability to properly argue of these liberal critics. Most of their so-called reviews contain ad hominem attacks, context-dropping, strawman arguments, and logical fallacies. The funny thing is that they try their best to paint Atlas Shrugged movie as a conservative and Tea Party propaganda. For instance, a so-called review published on Examiner.com called Atlas Shrugged a “conservative minded movie” that gets “poor reviews.” This simply shows these liberal/leftist propaganda-makers failed to do their research work before posting hilarious claims online. For the information of everybody, Ayn Rand criticized both the liberals and conservatives. In fact she had this lecture entitled Conservatism: An Obituary.
So what if the movie gets poor, bad reviews from Hollywood writers and movie critics? As most American viewers said, if liberal critics like Ebert said the movie is bad, then it must be good. Who’s reading movie reviews nowadays? Only brain dead liberals do!
Let’s forget about the brain dead liberals in Hollywood. What is known is that Atlas Shrugged Part 1 finds love in the right places. Take for example the article published by investor and book author Donald Luskin on The Wall Street Journal. In his article entitled Remembering the Real Ayn Rand, Luskin wrote:
Tomorrow’s release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention on Ayn Rand’s 1957 opus and the free-market ideas it espouses. Book sales for “Atlas” have always been brisk—and all the more so in the past few years, as actual events have mirrored Rand’s nightmare vision of economic collapse amid massive government expansion. Conservatives are now hailing Rand as a tea party Nostradamus, hence the timing of the movie’s premiere on tax day.
When Rand created the character of Wesley Mouch, it’s as though she was anticipating Barney Frank (D., Mass). Mouch is the economic czar in “Atlas Shrugged” whose every move weakens the economy, which in turn gives him the excuse to demand broader powers. Mr. Frank steered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to disaster with mandates for more lending to low-income borrowers. After Fannie and Freddie collapsed under the weight of their subprime mortgage books, Mr. Frank proclaimed last year: “The way to cure that is to give us more authority.” Mouch couldn’t have said it better himself.
But it’s a misreading of “Atlas” to claim that it is simply an antigovernment tract or an uncritical celebration of big business. In fact, the real villain of “Atlas” is a big businessman, railroad CEO James Taggart, whose crony capitalism does more to bring down the economy than all of Mouch’s regulations. With Taggart, Rand was anticipating figures like Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, the subprime lender that proved to be a toxic mortgage factory. Like Taggart, Mr. Mozilo engineered government subsidies for his company in the name of noble-sounding virtues like home ownership for all.
Today is the official release of the film in more than 300 theaters across America. Since America’s mainstream media have been so silent about the film’s official release, I had to use Facebook’s search engine in order to know what people in the United States are thinking and talking about.
I used the following search terms- “Atlas Shrugged Movie”- and here’s what I found out: CLICK HERE. A lot of Facebookers reported that tickets have been sold out and many others plan to see the movie.
How did the liberal movie critics of Rottentomatoes.com rate the movie? Well, a very interesting snapshot:
What do real Americans say about the movie? Here are some good snippets:
From Cal Thomas:
“Atlas Shrugged” is about those who would penalize individual achievement and subsidize “the collective.” It is the embodiment of Karl Marx’s philosophy, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” To put it another way, the collective believes that if you earn $2 dollars and I make $1 dollar, you owe me 50 cents to make things “fair.” This is redistributionist or, to paraphrase the president, “spreading the wealth around.”
From Ann-Marie Murrel of redwhitebluenews.com:
My husband Mark and I went to the 5:30 showing; we got there extra early because we wanted to see everyone who came in. Would they be Ayn Rand fans, like us? Would they be liberal infiltrators? Would anyone show up at all besides us? Slowly the room got fuller. Not blockbuster-movie full, but a good crowd for 5:30 on a Friday. Mark couldn’t resist and started talking to some people around us. I was nervous, because living in LA you just never know who you’re sitting next to—but soon we had a great conversation going about liberals in Hollywood, lasting until the movie started.
And about the movie—I’m happy to say it was good. Really good.
It starts in 2016 and paints a very accurate portrait of what America will probably look like if Obama serves a second term…Gas prices have skyrocketed so high that people are now taking the train. Government has taken over basically every aspect in life, with people in power constantly spouting about ‘leveling the playing field’ and making everything ‘fair’ for everyone. Union leaders are threatening to strike, and words like ‘moratoriums’, ‘sanctions’ and ‘entitlement programs’ are sprinkled throughout. (Sound familiar?)
My feeling is, “Atlas Shrugged” was made more for Ayn Rand fans that relate to the philosophy, and can correlate the scenes to todays world, though the movie takes place in 2016.
What really impressed me the most was the movie looks like it was made with more than the estimated $10million dollar budget would suggest. The outdoor cinematography is breathtaking, especially during the “John Galt Line” inaugural run. The bluish tint to the rail line and bridge was a welcomed touch. The CG bullet train going through the hills of Colorado had me thinking “And without a dime or help from the government.” The indoor scenes of Reardon Metal are simple with a grey tone and little excess furniture, Taggart Transcontinental offices have a more modern classy office wood look. It fits with the book’s description with todays tastes.
From Meteorological Musings:
I loved the movie, it far exceeded my expectations. The showing was sold out and it received applause when the lights came up. I’ve read the book.
That said, Kathleen (who has not read the book) thought it was only “OK” (not “bad”).
I’ve read some critics (i.e., Roger Ebert) hate the movie. I believe this is more due to his personal politics than an objective review. As evidence, take a look at the rave reviews at IMDB. The book is 1000+ pages and was a difficult project (as evidenced by the multiple attempts in the 40+ years since the book was published) to bring to the screen. They succeeded.
Here’s one of my favorite reviews of the film written by Judd Weiss. Here’s an excerpt of his review blog titled I’m So Relieved, Atlas Shrugged Movie is So Fantastic:
Fans were pissed! And so was I. You know, I always push people to take on tough challenges, not to give up when things get more difficult. But even I can acknowledge reality. Not only is this impossible, but the producers are about to ruin one of the most important novels of all time. This book, profound and packed with so much insight and story, is about to get discredited and humiliated before the public. I didn’t believe. In fact, along with many fans, I wanted this movie stopped. Word on the streets was this was going to be a train wreck. We all want to see this film made, but let’s take our time and do it right. If I could speak with the producer I would have said, “John, don’t do this. I know you don’t want to lose your money, but please don’t drag this classic down with you. Please let go and give up on this. It’s too important. You are about to cause a lot of damage and harm. There is no way for you to pull this off as a rush job.”
I WAS WRONG!!!!
Holy shit man, of my fucking god, I was wrong!!!!
What about the sales of the book on Amazon? As of today, April 16, Atlas Shrugged is ranked #14 in Books, #2 in General Fiction, #2 in Classic Literature and Fiction (while the Centennial Edition is ranked #1), and #8 in Literary.