There’s a third Atlas Shrugged movie out? But I didn’t even get around to watching the first two parts!
I haven’t seen the movies, but I’ve seen all three trailers, and when you can’t even keep the same actors in the movie…metaphors with rats and sinking ships come to mind. It is the kind of thing that gives Davis Aurini and JordanOwen42 hope.
How bad is Atlas III?
It’s lead-based paint bad. It’s asbestos in the nursery bad. It’s Windows Vista pre-Service Pack 1 bad.
Imagine Written on the Wind meets Female Trouble, only not as good.
Let’s start with the script. Unfortunately, the filmmakers did not. Producer John Aglialoro, who was largely responsible for realizing this decades-long dream of a Hollywood Atlas, is notably absent from the screenwriting credits this time around. The script, such as it is, relies a lot on still photographs to cut down on costs and actual movement. (In fact, the whole film would have played better as one of those flip books you used to enjoy as a kid.) It hammers certain notes repeatedly, Objectivist points it wants to score, and leaves stuff like narrative flow, plot transitions, naturalistic dialogue, fluid pacing, and subtext for the losers. (I know, I know, subtext in a Rand story?)
It’s quite a long review, by a reviewer who professes some faint sympathy for objectivism, and the whole thing goes on and on in that vein. I can tell I’m not going to be able to get up the will to watch Part III, ever.
I think I’m a better person for that, however.