" Atlas Shrugged " the movie
Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:20 PM
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:42 PM
An epic like Atlas Shrugged would be hard to put into film format. It would have been better to have produced a series. Some series today are exceptional and far better than most of the movies appearing on screen today.
This is not even a question of format. The acting, setting, cast, screenplay is bad.
Edited by Leonid, 01 February 2012 - 01:42 PM.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:26 AM
Overall I think the Atlas Shrugged Movie was decent, could of been much better. I agree with Superman, it would of been much better as a series.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:45 PM
I could certainly think of a number of things to improve. Some of them could even be rectified by some clever scriptwriting in the second part. There were a couple of places where characterization was done glaringly and flatly wrong. Dagny trying to bribe d'Anconia with sex was the worst of these. Though I think they had d'Anconia react properly to the offer. (In other words, if the "real" Dagny had done this, d'Anconia would have behaved exactly as shown.)
A lot of the issues come down to the fact that a lot of things said in the book just can't be done the same way in a visual medium. A lot of AS the book is looking into the thoughts of the characters, and that's difficult (at best) to do in a visual medium. This is why, in large part I was willing to forgive strikers (Akston and d'Anconia) looking slovenly in the movie when they are not portrayed as such in the book.
But I felt emotional impacts from the film, and many people found the movie followable even not having read the book, so I consider claims that the movie is confusing without the book to be overwrought. Clearly a lot was left unsaid in the movie, and so we, having read the book, miss the absence of those things--but that doesn't make the movie, standing by itself, incoherent necessarily.. Others, far more importantly, wanted to read the book due to what they saw in the movie, and that is the biggest good that can come out of it.
To sum up: Yeah, a lot could be improved. Complete piece of trash? Hardly!
Edited by Steve D'Ippolito, 02 February 2012 - 12:45 PM.
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