Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Atlas Shrugged

I saw the movie Atlas Shrugged this weekend.

Four years ago I was sharing my frustrations at work with a coworker and she said I had to read "Atlas Shrugged".  The fictional world of Atlas Shrugged resembled my work environment a little too much.  I slogged through, then got hooked and ended up enjoying the book.  The book also had a big impact on my life: I quit my frustrating job.  I now owe Atlas Shrugged a favor.

The 1950's story is surprisingly relevant today and the movie manages to tell the story as occurring in 2016.  I thought the casting was very true to the original characters.  I thought the movie's quality was slightly better than "made for TV", but I still recommend everyone see the movie Atlas Shrugged (remember, I owe it a favor).

Seeing the movie will:
  1. Save you the effort of reading the 1000+ pages (or if you already read it, you probably don't need to be told to see the movie).
  2. Provide economic support to complete the Trilogy, and I want to see the rest of the story told (apparently you can't fit 1000+ pages of material into one 1.5 hour movie).
  3. Help spread the idea that excessive meddling by bureaucrats can potentially result in catastrophe.
  4. Help show how many people support the previous point.


1 comment:

Kevin said...

I still recommend Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as the best fiction primer on libertarianism...