• • • No Affirmative Action for Red-State Cinema: More from Our Talk with Victor J. Morton
Jonathan Meador, Nashville Scene Atlas Shrugged movie |Atlas Shrugged |Paul Ryan | [Q:] Have you reviewed either of the recent Atlas Shrugged films? [....] If not, what was your impression of the most recent film? Why have they not been as successful as they might be, given the popularity of Rand’s work in American political culture? [A:] I’ve not seen either film. I am personally very much not a fan of Rand — I’m a Roman Catholic, and most people would call me the devout sort. I would have gone had the buzz been good — I ignore the general run of liberal critics on a film like this, of course — but the word of mouth from other conservatives and libertarians with sensible taste for Atlas Shrugged 1 was so weak that I didn’t see the point. Because it’s explicitly intended as a (very lengthy) tract, and the tract of a philosophy not noted for its nuance, the novel itself is an awkward one to adapt. How on earth do you film John Galt’s gazillion-word climax, for example?