[ExI] "Atlas Shrugged" film review

Max More max at maxmore.com
Wed Apr 20 03:01:18 UTC 2011

I should have added: The fellow playing John Galt (who is also the director)
was very weak. Although seen only in shadows, his voice and presence were
far too weak for that character. Since we haven't seen his face in Part I,
perhaps they can replace him. I hope so.

--- Max

On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM, Max More <max at maxmore.com> wrote:

> 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
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