[ExI] "Atlas Shrugged" film review

Max More max at maxmore.com
Wed Apr 20 02:10:52 UTC 2011

I'm sure not very kind reviews will be easy to find.

I saw it on Sunday. The audience seemed to enjoy it. For a low-budget movie
($15m -- a pittance in these days) I thought it was okay, not great, not
bad. Taylor Schilling played Dagny Taggart very well (a point on which
almost all reviews I've seen agreed). I also liked Grant Bowler as Hank
Rearden (oddly, he played "Captain Gault" in Lost!). Michael Lerner was
pretty good as Wesley Mouch.

The book itself is often criticized for including too many long speeches
(including one REALLY long one). Ironically, I thought the movie suffered
from not allowing the characters to speak the philosophy at sufficient
length. It was only about an hour-an-a-half movie; they could have allowed a
bit more speechifying.

It was good enough, in my view, that I'd like to see it do well enough to
justify funding parts II and III.

--- Max

2011/4/19 John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com>

> A not very kind review...
> http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/sc-mov-0413-atlas-shrugged-20110415-33,0,179159.story
> John
> --
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