Libertarian science fiction author L. Neil Smith has published his review of the Atlas Shrugged movie.
A number of scenes, he says, “very nearly brought me to tears.”
After considering the film’s pros and cons, and the various reactions among the intelligentsia as well as fellow libertarians, he concludes:
The worst problem is that they all went to the theater expecting to see a film, and saw a movie, instead. There’s a big difference, according to my friend and fellow movie fan, Lenda Jackson. A film is a horrible, boring, wrist-slittingly depressing exercise—anything by Ingmar Bergman comes to mind—to which you take your college girlfriend to convince her that you’re an intellectual. I tried that once, and walked out, annoying my enamorata, the associate editor of the campus newspaper. The Fountainhead was a film, too, and it sucked.
John Wayne made movies. Tom Selleck, Clint Eastwood, and Kurt Russell, for the most part, reliably make movies. Star Wars, Star Trek, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter adventures have generated dozens of wonderful movies, conveying their outlook and philosophy (even when we don’t agree with them) in a manner that’s exciting and fun.
Atlas Shrugged will be a movie, once it’s finished, and a great one. But it won’t happen if we let the enemies of liberty have their way.
For my part, I’m gonna go see it again, as soon as possible.
See his full review for more.