Atlas Shrugged Pt 1 – My Reflections

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My husband and I traveled three hours round trip to see the movie. Oddly enough the theaters in liberal Sonoma County would not show it, yet UBER liberal Berkeley did. Go figure! What is Petaluma, Novato, and Santa Rosa afraid of? Could it be that Sonoma State University students just might take a look at it and get a different perspective?

I own the book but have not read it as yet. I basically know what it is about. My husband didn’t have a clue. After the showing in San Rafael, we discussed the movie. He got it right away. The correlation to the activities happening in our capitol are frightening. Regulations are controlling and stifling business leading to transportation slow downs and destruction is here today. IF you don’t think our higher oil prices and transportation costs are not parallel, then you are asleep. The outcome will be a starving country and perhaps a world due to the fact that we are burning food and calling it clean energy. The audacity of brother Philip asking for money wired to his account to give to his Progessive group was great. That tipped off the tone of the movie.

My reflections on the movie itself is tempered. I loved the movie, the actors, the way the plot escalated to the surprise ending that sets up for part two coming in April of 2012. Hmmm prior to the next elections? I could have watched a four hour movie with an intermission that would have allowed a more in-depth character build. Matt O’Toole, who played the union boss, Brendan Brady, is an excellent actor whose range is phenomenal. If you saw him in CSI LV, you know what I mean. My guess is his character was deeper and extensive in the book. That was one flaw I saw in the movie. Another scene that concerned me for veracity was Dagny leaving the limo and walking in a dangerous area of town. My husband’s reactions was “ya right.”

A strong performance by Bob Beckel’s brother, Graham, as Ellis Wyatt was one of the shining moments in the movie. The film could have used more of those. The train scene was dramatic and pleasing to a patriot, freedom-loving citizen. Henry Reardon’s wife Lillian played by Rebecca Wisocky is excellent. Her obtuse attitude toward the barter between a diamond necklace and the bracelet made of her husbands newly developed steel, fit the character perfectly. We actually have known people of her character level decades ago. She plays her part without flaw. Of course, the heroine and hero Dagny and Henry are strong separately and together.

I’ve been on the Atlas Shrugged Movie website. It appears that standing ovations have been experienced nationwide. I feel this movie should be seen by our older children to begin a dialog with them. The “what ifs” should be answered and expounded upon with them. Are the sound-bite ads for politicians truly a blinding of our society? Is the political correctness and the vilifying of those who disagree dangerous to our freedoms? Have we given up our property right of thinking for ourselves?

Atlas Shrugged site has a bracelet for purchase that Dagny wears in the movie. It’s a little large for me, yet I see it as a symbol in which we can use to identify one another. If I see a woman wearing it on the street, in a restaurant, I’ll know she is like-minded and someone I might be able to work with in the political arena.

The producer only had three days to begin production or he would have lost the rights to the material. This could have been very dangerous. Someone of the left could have purchased it and shelved it. There is a saying in the old testament book of Esther. “Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.” Perhaps Atlas Shrugged was delayed for production “for such a time as this.” What do you think?

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Lady_Penguin
April 19, 2011 4:53 pm

P. Smith, I read the book years ago as a young college student. At the time, I had no knowledge of Ayn Rand or any of her philosophical beliefs. Had simply stumbled upon it and as a voracious reader thought it would be interesting. When I finished reading it, I had that “Yes!” moment. Since that reading so long ago, I’ve learned a lot more about Ayn Rand, and have heard all sorts of nays and yeas about her. Still, nothing has changed my mind of that sentiment of “Yes!”

LadyImpactOhio
April 19, 2011 5:05 pm

Never read the book but saw the movie on opening day. I too was impressed by the acting and story and special effects. The symbolism of the bracelet v. necklace was a major part of the story.

My liberal companion however, failed to grasp the meaning. When I asked him if he understood he replied. “Yep, it was about Congress, right?”

beaglescout
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April 19, 2011 10:59 pm

Much like the Maltese Falcon, the dialogue for the movie was lifted pretty much directly from the book. In the case of the Maltese Falcon, the secretary’s typed manuscript of the book read so perfectly as a screenplay that the producer decided to go with it. In the case of Atlas Shrugged, it was a virtue born of necessity. With no time to commission a screenplay they went with the book.

vassarbushmills
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April 20, 2011 7:09 am

Excellent film review, PS. I will see it now, thanks to comments from Lady P, LIO and especially you.