Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged in D.C.

|

Matt Welch does a great roundup below of early reviews of the movie version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, due in theaters on April 15.

Yesterday in DC, the producers previewed the movie to a packed theater that included me (I liked the film despite not being a Rand fan) and Slate's Dave Weigel, who writes up his reactions here.

The movie's official website is here. And the trailer is below.

Advertisement

NEXT: What Does it Mean to Be a Libertarian?

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Who’s the Ayn Rand I keep hearing about? Or worse, who’s this Dave Weigel?

  2. Dave Weigel: “The consensus was that the movie is not as bad as libertarians had feared it would be.”

    Libertarians “fear” a bad movie? That’s a strange thing to say, as most of the so-called “libertarians” here at H&R are praying for a fiasco.

    1. I really wish it is a good movie, but the trailer just looks bad, in my opinion.

    2. Also, I think we should make the phrase “so-called ‘libertarians'” a new drinking rule.

      1. We’d all die.

          1. Someone’s a testy little Objectivist aren’t they?

  3. Dave Weigel’s review makes him sound like one of the villains in Atlas Shrugged — and naturally his buddy Gillespie gives him a link. These two marshamallows deserve to roast on the same stick.

    1. You can’t give Atlas Shrugged a favorable review without losing your street cred with the progressives.

      1. iths uh consthipirathee!

        1. Not a conspiracy. Reason writers have a history of bashing libertarian people or productions in a desparate attempt to be loved by liberals. I don’t quite get it, but it happens semi regularly.

  4. Just got this confirmation from AMC theaters!
    “I wanted to update you all on where “Atlas Shrugged” will be opening on 4/15/11:

    New York City
    Los Angeles
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    Washington DC
    Philadelphia
    Boston
    Miami
    Dallas
    Denver
    and possibly Houston

    Other markets may see this movie released at a later date. “

  5. Just got this confirmation “I wanted to update you all on where “Atlas Shrugged” will be opening on 4/15/11:

    New York City
    Los Angeles
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    Washington DC
    Philadelphia
    Boston
    Miami
    Dallas
    Denver
    and possibly Houston

    Other markets may see this movie released at a later date. “

  6. I wanted to update you all on where “Atlas Shrugged” will be opening on 4/15/11:

    New York City
    Los Angeles
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    Washington DC
    Philadelphia
    Boston
    Miami
    Dallas
    Denver
    and possibly Houston

    Other markets may see this movie released at a later date.

  7. I wanted to update you all on where “Atlas Shrugged” will be opening on 4/15/11:

    New York City
    Los Angeles
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    Washington DC
    Philadelphia
    Boston
    Miami
    Dallas
    Denver
    and possibly Houston

    Other markets may see this movie released at a later date.

  8. Got confirmation from AMC theaters that this will be showing in the DFW area on April 15th! I’ve got more cities confirmed too, but reason thinks I’m spamming!

    1. No Spencer, didn’t you see Raimondo’s post? Reason is cutting your information about where AMC is showing the movie because it’s trying to sabotage the project.

  9. Is this movie going to get a real nationwide release or is it just going to do a weekend in NYC and LA?

    1. New York City Los Angeles Chicago
      San Francisco Seattle Washington DC
      Philadelphia Boston Miami Dallas
      Denver and possibly Houston

      This is with AMC theaters.

      1. Wow, the 11 cities that the movie has on their website (plus possibly Houston). In depth research there.

        Not that posting this is a problem or anything, but “I’ve got more cities confirmed” sounds like you did something.

        1. I got this info directly from AMC personel.

        2. In fairness to Spencer, I remember there was someone actively trying to organize screenings for the Dallas area in another thread. I’m pretty sure this was him.

          1. Yes, it was (and is) me.

  10. Huh…who knew that Ronnie Dio was into Rand?

    1. Ever hear the first Elf album? Still one of my favorites after all these years.

  11. We have some pretty big AMC cinemadromes in the Silicon Valley, too. You’d think booking this film into one of them would be a natural. But perhaps the producers want to make it easy for SF liberals to see the film and expect die-hard SV libertarians to make the pilgrimage north without complaint.

    1. Me and my buddies are putting on orange shirts and occupying the theaters here that threaten to show this anti-union, anti-teacher movie until they back down. Whoooo!

  12. Weigel: “[Galts] speech will be in the third movie of this planned trilogy, if it gets finished.”

    One word to many. I think that should read, “Galt’s speech will be the third movie, if it gets finished.”

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.