Some random reflections from a shallow consumer of lots of movies.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Atlas Shrugged Part 1
I finally got around to watching Atlas Shrugged Part 1. I knew I would be sort of disappointed. There's just no way a movie, or a series of movies, can capture the epic scope and vast ideas of Ayn Rand's classic novel. The good news is that, first of all, the movie is well made. It's a solid, quality production. It also makes a great effort to capture the tone and message of the novel. Clearly, the writers and producers respect the novel and wanted to bring Rand's message to a broad audience without a lot of editorial alteration.
Taylor Schilling is perfectly cast as Dagny Taggart.
The end result is a movie that a bit wooden, with a primary appeal to fans of the novel. It's a decent Cliff's Notes introduction, and hopefully will inspire viewers to pick up the book. I know I'll be watching when Part 2 comes out.