|The film has been compared to My Big Fat Greek Wedding which had near-zero traffic at first but which stayed in theaters for a year, building a following. Atlas can go to dollar cinemas at the malls for months to come. Producers of the 1939 Wizard of Oz were reluctant to take on a story that was not popular and which failed as a film in 1910. I hope that we don't have to wait 30 years for the next attempt. I have compared this to Pride & Prejudice, a movie made often and always targeted to fans.|
Atlas Shrugged is too easy to perceive as a political novel. At the showing I attended, I ran into another old guy I know from the county GOP. He brought two more old guys who had not read the book. For them, it was political.
The theme of "the mind on strike" is deeper as every social structure knows social loafing. We call them "slackers" because when not pulling their own weight, it is their segment of the line that hangs loose. The demise of General Motors, Chrysler, and Bear Stearns was due as much to internal expropriation of talent and "sanction of the victim" operations as anything the government did -- after all, every firm suffers government intervention in some way, though, granted that software development is not the same as investment banking and heavy industry. But, that, too, points to the deeper theme: employees who saw themselves as entrepreneurs were not welcome in the corporations that failed. Long ago, those people were attracted to other kinds of work, other employers.
It is an old joke -- The Phases of Project Management: Exultation, Disenchantment, Search for the Guilty, Punishment of the Innocent, Praise for the Uninvolved.
Then, there is the conflict within Hank Rearden and its consequences as conflict against his family, especially his wife. It is a story that could play out in a laissez faire utopia. The government was largely irrelevant there, but the theme was the same and the action followed the same path: he quit working for them. And, as for the mind not working, his was not properly engaged on the problem of Dagny Taggart until Francisco d'Anconia gave him a kick start. Rearden's thinking about romance was not actually thinking at all.
I understand John Aglialoro's disappointment, but the show is not over.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 4/27, 6:49am)