Thursday, April 07, 2011

P. J. O'Rourke on the new movie "Atlas Shrugged"

"In 'Atlas Shrugged–Part I' a drink is tossed, strong words are bandied, legal papers are served, more strong words are further bandied and, finally, near the end, an oil field is set on fire, although we don’t get to see this up close. There are many beautiful panoramas of the Rocky Mountains for no particular reason. And the movie’s title carries the explicit threat of a sequel.

"But I will not pan 'Atlas Shrugged.' I don’t have the guts. If you associate with Randians—and I do—saying anything critical about Ayn Rand is almost as scary as saying anything critical to Ayn Rand. What’s more, given how protective Randians are of Rand, I’m not sure she’s dead."

--P. J. O'Rourke, on the film, "Atlas Shrugged," which is based on the book by objectivist Ayn Rand

1 comment:

Lee said...

Back when National Review used to hire adult writers who could, you know, write, Whittaker Chambers wrote for them what I still think is the definitive review of Atlas Shrugged from a conservative perspective...

Chambers did the hard work, so P.J. doesn't have to... though knowing P.J., I'm sure he didn't come away empty-handed,