My wife, Michele, and I saw “Atlas Shrugged” Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is being savaged by the lefties because of the underlying philosophy (no surprise there), and by self-described conservatives et al. because it’s not as intellectually satisfying as the novel was.
The movie’s production values were solid (especially given the $15 million cost), the acting was professional, the costumes and settings were completely appropriate, the photography was creative, and the music score was excellent.
What we liked best was the unwavering self-confidence of the individual heroes and the thorough-going smarminess of the looters. We wanted to see Dagny and Hank Reardon act and speak as Randian heroes, and Wesley Mouch as a smarmy moocher. We never expected the movie to be a rendition of the book. It’s just a movie, you know.
And it was altogether satisfying — as a movie. I’ll see it again, and we’ll buy the DVD.