This is fucking awesome. A film about old money made by new money. The people this movie idolizes wouldn't fucking piss on the filmmakers if they were on goddamn fire. I love how shitty this is. I adore how shitty this is.
Proof of concept for why creative works should never be subservient to ideology. Rand's propaganda is revealed as an absurd, soulless vanity project in which self-righteous protagonists engage in pissing contests while the govt and hangers-on attempt to martyr them. My condolences to the actors--Schilling and the other shills. Shrugged is good for a laugh with friends if you're liberal with the fast-forward button.
Even ignoring the noxious philosophy espoused in wooden dialogue by unlikeable characters, this movie is a wretched failure on basically every level; no wonder that even Ayn Rand fans were quick to reject it.
Watching this was painful because it misses every point the novel was trying to make. The screenwriting was weak and flawed, and instead of subtle, the actors deadpanned and failed to represent their characters, and Rand's representation of women does not fit with a modern-day take. If this movie is to be adapted for screen again, it either has to be drastically different or meticulously accurate to the novel.
Atlas is trying to be something bigger than a drama about competing rail road tycoons. Maybe a second installment will get to that something bigger. I like the lead actress, but the rest of cast is uneven.