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I'm wondering if I saw the same movie....,
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This review is from: Atlas Shrugged: Part One (DVD)
as the negativists! So many of the one-star maniacs' 'reviews' don't read at all like they actually SAW this movie.
Between that, and movie reviews, I was prepared this just wasn't going to be very good. Just goes to show you should realize that so much of the world is so politicized, it's becoming impossible to get an objective (no pun intended, a la Rand's philosophy) opinion of what the movie is about.
Having said that, I really liked this movie. I liked it so much, I'm going to reread 'Atlas Shrugged,' which I read years ago in college. And while I'll probably still skip over some of the long winded parts of Ayn Rand's commentary (the woman could write, but my God, did she EVER need an editor!!), this movie is so spot-on to what is wrong with this country, and the world, that the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
Now to the technical details. I loved the casting. No one has made much of a mention of this, but I think Grant Bowler is perfect as Hank Reardon. His looks are perfect; he's also subtle. Taylor Schilling is fine as Dagney.
The casting of the minor characters is really good as well. I particularly liked Patrick Fischler as Paul (very good cold blooded betrayal there), but I must admit, I adore Graham Beckel. He is absolutely perfect in his role.
The cinematography in this movie is fantastic (a sure sign a reviewer didn't see this movie is when they criticize this!) The score is also perfect.
In fact, the only criticism I have of 'Atlas Shrugged,' and it's a big one, is that the movie is WAY too short. All it did for me was whet my appetite to see MORE of it.
Get some funding already and churn out the rest of this series!
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011 6:33:00 AM PST
I agree with your review. I wrote a review of Atlas Shrugged (the book), I also said that the book "begged for an editor".
Spot on review.
Posted on Mar 26, 2012 12:08:08 AM PDT
I finally watched the movie last night via Amazon On Demand. Thoughtful review; could not agree with you more. Well done.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 6:14:22 PM PDT
Ayn Rand would probably have burned the original manuscript of Atlas Shrugged before she would have allowed an editor to make any changes.
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