Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged has finally made it to the big screen.  I found the movie entertaining and emotionally engaging.  Is it a "great" movie.  No.  But it is a good movie with some technical and aesthetic flaws.  Dialog in a screenplay of a typical novel is used primarily to develop the characters, the pictures tell the story.  But Atlas Shrugged, as noted in the recent edition of "The New Individualist" is not a typical novel.  There is an underlying philosophy and political message that can't be communicated completely with visuals, words are needed; specific words.  So the dialog may come across as a bit stilted by someone who hasn't read the book.  But I think the movie will entice a newcomer to read the book.  And that is the ultimate goal of the film.