Thursday, July 29, 2010

More on the filming of Atlas Shrugged.

This clip is from the movie set on Atlas Shrugged.
I like that the director nails down the heart of this book and has my same understanding of what the book is about. It is about exceptional people not steal magnates, or railroad executives. It is ultimately, about being and knowing.
You can sense the challenge he is facing in trying to make this book into a movie. It is a serious task he is facing, because the book is so detailed. It is serious, because what Rand is writing about is so fundamentally important. People drive everything, and so many people are shitheads, but that doesn't mean that there are not a minority of people who get it. Who take responsibility for their lives and the choices they make and do not try to place blame outside of themselves.
--- My hope for this movie went up after this brief video but still remains guarded. Also, I did note that they are only trying to do about an 8th of the book and that Galt will not actually be in this first film, This is true to the book. His vision is the set up of the book which does not involve Galt as a character, but only an unknown influence-- Lets face it, when this movie comes out, I am spending my dollars to see it no matter what, but this gives me hope that there is some competence to the people that are making it. They may not be able to pull this movie off, but I have new respect, and believe they truly understand what the task is that they have taken.

Optimism level on the outcome of this movie is at a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, I still believe it will leave me disapointed, but not as bad as I had previously thought.
Here is what I hope for out of this movie: 1) I hope that the scale being the initial setup of the book that the director talks about, is done well. I am okay with it not mirroring the book, nor that it even competes with the book I just hope that it makes me think, that it conveys the point of individualism and that it always remains a story about those that are competent and do things, and those that tag along on the shirt tails of that first group for the ride. The people that are the boils on the asses of those that take responsibility for their lives need to be portrayed along with the Dagny's and Reardons of the world. - Keep that message in the film, and it will be a success.
2) I hope it is successful and that it evolves into a series of movies and that eventually, within that series we meet the character that is John Galt.

1 comment:

Native Minnow said...

I've never read the book. I take it you'd highly recommend it?