Our libertarian pal Allan Bartlett posted a humourous Facebook message about the pending release of Ayn Rand’s novel (it’s FICTION people!) as the first of a three movie trilogy as “the movie that tells Hollywood to suck it.” Well, suck is exactly the term I’d use.
“Atlas Shrugged,” featured a bunch of no name actors and extras (“Cooter” the werewolf from last season’s TrueBlood?”), did a paltry $1.6 million in Box Office last weekend trailing behind such classics as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid II,” “Arthur,” and “Sourcecode.” Yep, Atlas Shrugged, the Libertarian porn flick was logged in 14th place. Tear Partiers must think movie prices are too high, let alone the cost of a large popcorn and soda.
So what did the critics think? Not much.
“Atlas Shrugged. I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.
“About to lose his long-held rights to Ayn Rand’s novel, and perhaps to cash in on apparent Tea Party interest and support, producer John Aglialoro … rushed this film into a low-budget production and it shows in every frame.” – Boston Globe.
“For decades, Atlas Shrugged has been considered unfilmable, too long for one movie and too didactic for mass appeal. The version that finally emerged – based on the book’s first 10 chapters – doesn’t do much to alter those perceptions._ – St. Petersburg Times
“The acting is so poor and the story so badly told that the viewer’s feelings about Rand’s novel — an epic ode to free-market fundamentalism — are almost immaterial (though if you’re a devoted fan, you’ll perhaps be more forgiving).” – Arizona Republic.
“This movie is crushingly ordinary in every way, which with Rand I wouldn’t have thought possible.” – Chicago Tribune.
“Ayn Rand’s monumental 1,168-page, 1957 novel gets the low-budget, no-talent treatment and sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal.” – Rolling Stone (which gave the film no stars of five)
“Let’s say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you’re an objectivist or a libertarian, and you’ve been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.
“The first in a proposed trilogy, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1″ is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand’s free-market fable.” – Washington Post.
“Don’t hold your breath for parts 2 and 3.” – Wall Street Journal
“I loved it, but I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate it Dan. It’s getting great reviews over at Fandango.” – Allan Bartlett.
So who is John Galt? Better question is, who cares?