Atlas Shrugged Part 1…………II

I saw the movie at its first screening in Tampa Friday April 15 at high noon (think Gary Cooper). There were about 100 folks there to see it as well…….damn fools all stood and applauded at the movies end. Of course they all looked like me and didn’t have to work either having spent much of a lifetime for the privilege. The film was the top grossing limited-release film of the weekend bringing in $1.7 mill while only appearing in 300 single screen locations. Wonder how much better it would have done if the theaters had actually promoted it.

But Hollywood didn’t want this film produced and has done everything it can to hinder its creation and delivery. We all know Hollywood to be what they are, a mostly liberal elitist and closed mined group of insecure card carrying unionists who brand all conservatives as” tea partiests” which has become code for red-neck nut cases.

John Aglialoro, a billionaire champion poker playing businessman bought the screen rights 20 years ago and after failing to gain support from the financial community to produce it he used his own money. Hollywood says its because they felt the film wouldn’t make money. Geez! Why would it make money the book is the second most influential book in history next to the bible (library of congress) selling over 6 million copies.  Perhaps Ayn  Rand’s iconic attack on Marxism was just too scary for the Marxist Hollywood crowd.

As for the movie itself it is far far better than the pans being given it by the liberal critics. It could easily be taken from today’s headlines describing our gutless congress. I thought the actress, Taylor Shilling, selected to play the Heroine Dagny Taggart did a marvelous job. Grant Bowler playing Hank Reardon wasn’t quite as good, Jon Hamm would have probably done a better job . I know the director was using understated emotion to dramatize and highlight the actual message but the book was full of passion and dramatic explosions that could have added to message delivery. It has a great train ride scene on the John Galt line and a dramatic ending which sets the stage for part 2 which will be premiered on April 15 2012. Part 3 will be premiered on………yup April 15 2013 and may actually be produced as a musical.

This is good film making folks and should not be missed.

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5 Responses

  1. What? Three parts for a film based on one book?
    Heck, Che was only two parts…. but each of then was three hours I think. I will wait for the $1 DVD.

  2. maybe you’ll live that long.

  3. One of my friends saw the movie that same day and what’s funny is, the same thing happened–at the end, the audience stood up and applauded. Strange. I won’t be seeing it, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to you 🙂
    I do like your comment “Maybe you’ll live that long”. Too funny.

  4. I do like your comment “Maybe you’ll live that long”. Too funny.

    Value is a very personal thing isn’t it? I valued being in the first wave of the beach head of Randian invasion of the cinema. Actually, money was not a relevant issue to me. When I want something I want it.

    ie once a doorman told me there was a $50 cover charge and 2 drink per person minimum to see the Duke Ellington Band at the Blue Note in NYC. I almost leaped for joy that it wasn’t $500 which I would have paid.

    When something is really really in a humans sweet spot it doesn’t matter the cost.

  5. Well, unless I’m killed by a red light runner once the Legislature removes the cameras, my doctor says I should live long.

    > When I want something I want it.

    What? And here I thought you ascribed to the Puritan (or whichever) ethic about gratification postponement.
    I am rarely in a rush for anything.

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