What an improvement!
Yesterday morning, right after everyone got up, I drove to our local theater to watch Atlas Shrugged Part II. I should note that I was not alone. The theater was about 1/3 full. Hey, it was the 11 am showing!
We should start by mentioning the cast. When I say, “What an improvement”, I am directing this comment to the cast. I first became aware of Esai Morales from the SyFy series Caprica ( Caprica ). Esai is Francisco d’Anconia and plays the part well. The three actors that replaced our previous James Taggart, Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden also are improvements. In my mind, each of the actors is the approximate age of the characters in the book.
I won’t spend too much time discussing the story. It is there and has all the trappings of trying to recreate the ideas of the book. While watching, I kept thinking that the movie was not the appropriate medium for the story. This story, in my opinion, would be better served as a mini series. The story is part drama. The story is part science fiction. It is a love story. It is a story with big ideas. It is part super hero. It is a story about the abuse of power and it is a story of the triumph of the human spirit.
We have so many great mini series on television today, Atlas Shrugged could be a fun world to play in for a group of writers.
The movie does a great job at bringing the highlights of the book to satisfy those who have read it. Any person that has read the book should leave movie satisfied.