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Atlas Shrugs When Government Hugs

April 17th, 2011 · Posted by · 6 Comments · America, News, Politics

The film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, was a jam packed theater experience. Our Cliff Notes review of the movie is: let go of your expectations, open your mind, and go see it! Now! What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the theater to open? Go now! Okay, okay, please go see this movie at your earliest convenience.

The Great Satan, Inc. crew made the trek to Tempe’s Harkins Valley Art Theater to see Atlas Shrugged, along with Arizona’s Vox, team Sand Castle Scrolls, Exurban League, An Inconvenient Man, a candidate for Tempe city council, and some Rock Stars from the Goldwater Institute (okay, we didn’t sit with Shawnna Bolick and Clint Bolick, but they’re awesome and we’re name-dropping, deal with it!).

Back to the short-attention-span review, you could read a poncy, pretentious movie critique, or you can take our word. Atlas Shrugged is a good, dramatic movie, with a message based on your choosing. If you’ve read all 1,350 plus pages of the book, you will no doubt notice some deviation from the original story. There’s a bit of a love interest that should keep a slightly vapid date absorbed. There are numerous political themes playing out that should keep your armchair political quarterback friends riveted. Subtle, but important, details are revealed constantly to keep your thinking friends engaged. Finally, there is some great imagery to keep your visually amused friends hanging on for the next camera shot. Make no mistake, this is a sentient person’s movie, unlike Spider-Man 3.

Here’s a clue, take a look at this video of Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. trashing the Apple iPad . Unfortunately, you can only understand the gravity of the vilification of Steve Jobs and Apple if you see Atlas Shrugged.

Whether you think Big Business is evil and we should be protected from greed, or you think that phony conservatives in D.C. will protect you from socialism, you need to see this movie to grasp the consequences of the fashionable merging of Crony Capitalism with the warm hugs of business regulation, done for the Greater Good™.

Very few movies can motivate an entire theater to applaud, but Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 managed to do just that.

For additional reviews and views, peruse:

Atlas Shrugged at SandCastle Scrolls

Movie Review – Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 at Exurban League

Limo *Drink* – Atlas Shrugged spoiler by the lovely and talented Vox

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Limo *Drink* Apr 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

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  • 3 bob r May 31, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Note to self: never watch a video of Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. at the start of a work day. I’m pretty sure that killed a number of brain cells — and I need all of them to do my job.

    I wonder: would he have lamented the passing of buggy whip manufacturers?

  • 4 John Jun 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love this video you posted. It makes for great entertainment. Especially the part where only Steve Jobs benefits from IPad sales. Onoz! Were not going to have jobs related to paper! I thought libs were against killing trees.

    Wish I could have seen Atlas Shrugged, still need to read it. So far my only Ayn Rand book was Anthem.

    By the way, my brother Mike mentioned your blog to me after he met you guys in Knoxville. I dig it.

  • 5 Capitalist Pig Jun 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm


    Thanks for stopping by our blog and for the kind words.

    I haven’t read a Rand book yet. Someday, when I finish Unintended Consequences, I’ll move on to her to works.

    We truly enjoyed hanging out with, and getting to know, Mike and his friend. We both wish you could have attended the shoot too.

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