Objectivist writer Robert Bidinotto has a new blog post analyzing the critical reaction to the Atlas Shrugged movie and John Aglialoro’s public statements that he is reconsidering whether to release the film in 1,000 theaters this weekend and to proceed with making parts 2 and 3.
Personally, I regarded the film as quite good, though not great — certainly not deserving the excoriating reviews it received. Some sites and writers simply would not let up; they pounded the film repeatedly, looking for excuses to pile on at every opportunity.
But this disproportionate bashing is revealing. Ask yourself how many other “mediocre” or even “bad” films have ever generated this level of untempered wrath, raging vituperation, incessant insults, and unrestrained gloating over their artistic or commercial shortcomings. Does this not suggest that something much deeper is going on?
If the film’s critics (professional and amateur) truly believed that it was merely mediocre, then what explains their unrelenting, over-the-top spewing of venom? Similarly, if Rand and her ideas were simply silly, wouldn’t her intellectual opponents just dismiss her lightly, without such ado? To the contrary, however: A Google search for reviews and commentary about Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged over the past several weeks shows that, for the commentariat, this was not just another opportunity to review another film, or to comment on a novelist and thinker; this was all-out warfare.
Keep reading to find out.