Did anyone know that they were making a movie out of this?
Talk about literary movies and books that are chunksters. Depending on which edition you get of Atlas Shrugged, you’re looking at about 1350 pages of reading. Charles Dickens had absolutely nothing on Ayn Rand. I tried to read this doorstop and got maybe the equivalent of one book in, or about 400 pages. The story was interesting enough, but after 400 pages of people asking after John Galt, I found that I really didn’t care much who he was. All the major beats of this story had played out in The Fountainhead, which I had read shortly after college, which is now that I think about it, is probably when everyone reads The Fountainhead. It was also a book where the principles and philosophies didn’t resonate as being practical on a second read.
I probably will not one the one to run right out and see this but the fact that they are making a two-parter out of it astounds me. It would have made much mores sense to make The Fountainhead and be done with it. Was Atlas Shrugged really that popular?
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 is in theaters today.