Poliwood watches Atlas Shrugged.
As I said here (don’t know why my trackbacks aren’t working), there was one very telling comment about 8:30 in;
Righteous indignation & loud declamation belongs on talk shows. It doesn’t belong on film.
If liberal Hollywood film-makers remembered that, we wouldn’t have seen such terrible dogs like Lions for Lambs, Rendition, and Redacted.
No “righteous indignation” on film? Weird. What about unroighteous indignation?
As for “loud declamation,” I didn’t see any of it in the movie. There are moments when Dagny tells off people in the movie, particularly the union mobster and her brother, “humanitarian” and crony capitalist Jim Taggart. These are among the best parts of the movie, but Dagny doesn’t speechify. (As I recall, she doesn’t in the novel either.) She just verbally and symbolically cuts their scholngs off. I wouldn’t want to see a preachy movie even if I agreed with the sermon (as I do here). If there’s any preaching or declamation in the movie it’s the State-humpers such as Mouch preaching self-sacrifice and collectivist economics (pretty much the way their non-fictional counterparts do in real-life. The film makers wisely decided to let the action largely speak for itself; which is why “liberals” I know enjoyed the movie, too.
I had doubts about this production to begin with because it was clearly being done on the cheap. I wasn’t surprised to see people like Roger Ebert diss it, but when Megan McArdle, P.J. O’Rourke, and Roger L. Simon all say pretty much the same thing (i.e., it’s not a very well made film and the story isn’t told in a compelling way) I’ve got to think we’re dealing with a stinker.
Like Stephen, I will wait for the DVD
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