Gulchers who attended the premiere, what did you think of the movie?

Posted by JRMR 5 years, 10 months ago to Movies
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Be honest. Don't just say you love it because it is Atlas Shrugged, tell us what you really thought,


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    Posted by $ rockymountainpirate 5 years, 10 months ago
    I thought it was great. I did like the way Galt' s speech was edited, and it should be understandable for people new to the movies and book. The movie is capable of standing on it's own so the audience won't be lost if they haven't seen the previous ones.
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    • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 5 years, 10 months ago
      Agreed. And what a monumental task that must have been. If it had been longer, they would have lost the audience they are, and we are, incidentally, trying to reach. It was well spoken by Kristoffer and the meat of the message came through. I know there will be people who will say it had to be read in its entirety, but that's not possible. They would need two intermissions and by then, the audience is lost. It was an impossible task, made possible by some very tenacious people, funded by a man who knew the message of Atlas Shrugged needed a voice, RIGHT NOW. Especially now. Now Non Fiction.
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  • Posted by $ hanilson 5 years, 10 months ago
    I thought the cast was very good and Galt's speech was very well done. I could have done without the "We want Galt" chanting though. I wonder why the decision was made to not make it clear that Cheryl committed suicide? I also thought that the relationship between Dagny and Reardon wasn't resolved and Reardon was pretty much glossed over. I'm guessing budget constraints didn't allow for Project X to be fully shown. I really don't want to sound too critical. Overall, it was very well done. I think my favorite scene was with Dagny and Axton at his vinyard. It was very well written and Tobolowsky's acting was wonderful in that scene. I'm excited to see it again on the 12th. :)
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    • Posted by $ CBJ 5 years, 10 months ago
      If some elements were glossed over due to time constraints, perhaps a "director's cut" could be made available on the DVD. Or at least some deleted scenes.
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    • Posted by Eudaimonia 5 years, 10 months ago
      I have to disagree with the "We want Galt!" protest chants.

      I will probably be going to see ASp3 in Denver on the 12th.
      Before the movie starts, I will try to get the theater chanting it as well.

      Other Gulchers of like mind, feel free to do the same at your local theater.
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      • Posted by $ hanilson 5 years, 10 months ago
        The problem I had with the chanting was that for me it evoked a mob-like mentality. John Galt did not want to be a leader of the masses and to hear that chant throughout several scenes, it really started to bother me.
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        • Posted by khalling 5 years, 10 months ago
          Haven't seen the movie, but I tend to be wary when large groups of people say the same thing at the same time. "We want.." is kinda begging. Of course I don 't have the context. I do love the idea of the question being asked however. For me the point does not turn on demanding a specific leader. Rather, figure out how to be one. That said I was once at a rally where Jack Kemp was politicking and I chanted his name with the rest of the crowd.
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        • Posted by Eudaimonia 5 years, 10 months ago
          I disagree here too.
          To me, it showed "the people" waking up, not going to sleep.

          Trying to avoid a spoiler here, but there's a reason why the man who starts the chant was cast.

          I've been to quite a few of his events, I never once felt like part of "the mob".
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          • Posted by $ hanilson 5 years, 10 months ago
            I can understand the chanting at events like you are referring to being inspirational. I just don't remember chants like that in the book and think there were other ways to convey the people "waking up" that would have been more in line with the book. Who was it that was cast? You can private message if you like. You've piqued my curiosity.
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    • Posted by $ winterwind 5 years, 10 months ago
      I have to read that scene again later tonight - as I remember, it is not suicide; the social worker begins to lecture her on being a good society lady, and she screams "Not your world!" and runs away from her, accidentally? not seeing the barrier and into a ditch of some type.
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  • Posted by $ winterwind 5 years, 10 months ago
    THOUGHTS/REACTIONS on the movie
    After the Producer show, I walked out weeping - it was so beautifully done. I just walked up to Joan and put my arms around her and said "thank you, thank you for doing it. "
    yes, of course I had quibbles and disagreements with what was done.
    Within the confines - actually, forget the confines, it is a well-done piece of work that delivers its message very well.
    A couple of more serious things that introduced some WTF?!? cognitive dissonance had to do with Galt's torture and rescue.
    never goof up things that your average viewer will notice. "Replace the fuse" was so elementary that the emphasis on Galt's superiority and purpose was lost. It'supposed to be something only an EE would know, and he tells them. The Wizard will have his own comments on the machine, so I'll just say that it did look like the sort of "thrown together" stuff those people were capable of doing.
    Secondly, what happened to the torturers at that point? People were running and the action was confusing.
    SPOILER
    Galt's death was gratuitous. It would have had as much impact if he had passed out.
    I thought the homogeneous look of the houses in the valley was a mistake - I spent several minutes wondering why they all were built to the same pattern and missed the action.
    There was no indication, except for the doctor, that anyone was continuing his "real" occupation while in the Valley. I got the sense that the were all gardening, not composing, inventing, writing - their real jobs.

    More later; we're still on the road and my tablet's charged.
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    • Posted by $ hanilson 5 years, 10 months ago
      I agree completely regarding Galt's torture and rescue scene. It was confusing and there was no real resolution of what happened to these guys. And I didn't like the otherworldly glowy misty vision of Galt carrying Dagny while "dead." Seemed very cliche.
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      • Posted by $ winterwind 5 years, 10 months ago
        I did have a thought, after reading someone else's complaint about the many scenes of driving through the forest, that they could have used that time to make the torture-and-rescue scene really work.
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