Anyone who has read my philosophical autobiography knows that I began my ideological journey as a follower of Ayn Rand. I read The Fountainhead when I was 15 and Atlas Shrugged shortly afterward. It was an excellent way in which to sharpen young, rationalist teeth. The details of how I evolved from that world view is in the first chapter of that autobiography, accessible above and hopefully to be expanded shortly, so I won’t go into that here.
Atlas Shrugged has become a flagship for the current Tea Party, Neo-conservative movement, -which is a bit of a surprise as Ayn Rand was about as anti-religion as anyone could possibly get.
And now we have “Atlas Shrugged”, the three part mega-movie. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 16%, but conversely the audience rating is 80%. The reviews, at this time, on Cinema Clock are even higher, but there have only been a small handful of people who have rated it. After this weekend it will be interesting to see how the ratings run. It isn’t hard to see that the early raters will be the fans who would flock and sit at Ayn Rand’s feet were she still alive. I sincerely hope that Canada can muster far fewer of those than can the U.S.
So, do I go and see it or not, as a nostalgic, intellectual curiosity, …like one would go and see Graceland or the bearded lady at the circus? It is only playing at the Yonge/Dundas AMC, so it will likely sputter out quickly. Well, this is one that I’m unlikely to make a trek for. The reviews mostly say that it is low budget and boring. Even some Rand supporters are saying that it depicts her philosophy in a poor light.
Maybe it would make a good double feature if I go down to see “Machine Gun Preacher”.