P.J. O'Rourke weighs in on Atlas Shrugged and though he didn't particularly care for it, he isn't going to pan it, either.
“Atlas Shrugged–Part I” has to be praised just for existing, for keeping the premise available. Perhaps Hollywood progressives — inveterate takers — will take it. Many another movie could be made about a labor action by those who perform life’s actual labors. Maybe it’s a slacker comedy where Zach Galifianakis shaves, loses weight and refuses to speak in non sequiturs. Maybe it’s a sci-fi thriller where the Internet has gone on strike and mankind must face a post-apocalyptic world without Twitter. Or maybe it’s a horror film set at my house, “Wife on Strike!”
Though we have yet to see the film, O'Rourke's point is well taken. The one about the mere existence of Atlas Shrugged, the movie, that is.
When we heard the buzz a few years ago that Angelina Jolie was rumored to play Dagny Taggart, we thought there was no way in hell that she'd take the part because there was no way in hell that movie was ever going to get made. But here we are, in the year of our Lord, 2011 and Atlas Shrugged is a god-forsaken multi-plex reality.
O'Rourke obviously pens our sentiments better than we as win, lose or draw, how can you not admire a movie and the folks who made it for running directly counter to the over-bearing maternalistic and collectivist impulses of Hollywood and the culture of this nation's political class, in general?