Ryan Murphy points out something I stumbled on yesterday. I watched it (hadn't seen it earlier), and unlike Ryan I actually enjoyed it. Some of the acting was a little stiff, he's right. And I do (I'm told) have low standards for enjoying movies. But I didn't think it was so bad.
My reaction to the story itself (I've only read the first 100 pages or so of the book, and that was many years ago) was the same as the suspicions about it that I shared on here a couple months back after seeing the trailer: Ayn Rand really reaches for the low-hanging fruit with this story, and yet somehow it's an epic libertarian tale.
Think about it - who are the "bad guys" in Atlas Shrugged?: Blatantly corrupt businessmen and politicians. A lobbyist. Obnoxious dead-beat family members. A wife that insults you to your face. These are the bad guys.
Who are the "good guys" in Atlas Shrugged?: Innovative entrepreneuers. The people with a can-do attitude. The creative people who just want to earn money and make a better life for themselves.
You don't have to be an Objectivist or a libertarian to be on the same page as Rand on this one!
Anyway - I thought the movie was entertaining enough. It's a story about entrepreneurs who withdraw from society when they don't think they can earn a profit anymore, and it's a story that criticizes the rentier class which doesn't build and create things for the money they enjoy. What Keynesian wouldn't enjoy a movie like that???