This post is a primer for those who are going to see Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged but haven’t read the book. The movie is fast paced and jumps into the middle of the plot (as it must to avoid being 50 hours long) so a lot is skipped, and some helpful backstory is missing. So if you’re taking someone to see the movie who hasn’t read the book, or if you’re going to see it yourself … here’s some helpful background without anything I would consider a “spoiler.” This isn’t everything, of course … but just a few key facts I think make the movie much more enjoyable
Ayn Rand doesn’t respect or celebrate people who gain money for the sake of gaining money; for her the joy is in the creation of something (a new and cool metal, an awesome railroad, etc.) and money is the proof that you’ve done well and produced something people need (i.e. most of the current computer moguls got into computers for love, but got rich because they did the right things and made all our lives better). And Rand only respects people who don’t ride the coattails of others, which is . . . → Read More: Things you need to know about Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged before you see the movie
So I was hoping that after seeing the movie based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged I’d be sitting here awestruck writing up a glowing report of the motion picture about to change America. But while I really enjoyed it and it is extraordinarily well done for any movie — much less one with a relatively low budget and non-big name actors — I’m a little concerned that it might not be accessible to people who haven’t read the book (and check out this post for a primer on what you need to know if you fall into that category). So while people who have read the book number in the many millions and could make the movie successful, they’re not the people who need to see it; the people who need to see it probably never will.
Henry Rearden at his desk.
The crowd I watched it with (and it was very well attended) were clearly fans of the novel. Everyone laughed knowingly when characters or government programs were announced even though they weren’t yet developed, which left my wife — who hasn’t read the book — feeling a bit left out. And when I tried to stand back . . . → Read More: A movie review of Atlas Shrugged
The movie Atlas Shrugged is being released today, and it’s as polarizing a work as a state supreme court vote in Wisconsin — for proof, take a look at the discussion taking place on the movie’s website. And as you can see from the comments the progressive left is desperately trying to belittle the entire work and convince people not to see it — which proves that it’s worth seeing in the first place.
But then, the new progressive/far left mode of operation seems to be to attack the personal or unrelated aspects of whomever you want to shut up. Because it’s much easier to scream Hitler! Fox lies! Teabaggers! Tan Man! and mock the figureheads of the other side for being too pretty or too rural than dealing directly with the issues. And since the facts and the outlook of the American people generally work against them (because however good they felt after the 2008 election, what they had was a reaction to an unpopular president and NOT a mandate for socialized hope and change) insults and mockery are about all they have left.
I got plenty of commentary on my last Atlas Shrugged post as well, so just . . . → Read More: Going to see “Atlas Shrugged” this weekend? You should.
Last month I completed a journey through Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged, (now a movie to be released 4/15/2011) and it many ways it was a more life changing experience than any other fictional book I’ve read — so much so that I’ve decided to devote a series of posts to it. And Atlas Shrugged is a journey every American should take, even if they end up rejecting the human liberty and free market values it espouses, so they can at least understand what they risk when they promote a government that supplies and controls everything (or anything, for that matter). Because Rand shows us, in a graphic portrayal, that sometimes what feels “safer” and more “compassionate” is actually less so in the long run. And the bottom line is … when you live in the most successful nation the world has ever seen, do you “fundamentally” change it on a whim to pattern it after less successful nations?
That such an eye opening journey is necessary is apparent by the crushing government debt and subsequent riots in Greece and elsewhere, and the fact that we in the U.S. are headed down the same path. And even though we . . . → Read More: Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s 1950′s epic about the current era …