This is one movie every American needs to watch. Ayn Rand's seminal work, Atlas Shrugged comes to the "big screen" in the first of three installments. Part 1 encompasses a natural development of characters and issues and concludes at a natural intermission point of the story. The cinema version is true to the story, including the appropriate level of character development that plays second to the development of the philosophical underpinning for the novel.
Several months ago there appeared a letter to the editor of our local print newspaper that seemingly out of the blue launched a full assault on Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged and the objectivist philosophy that emerged from the novel. The letter-writer was both angry and quite mistaken in his characterization of Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and objectivism. I wasted no time responding to the letter, setting the record straight.
At the time, I thought it peculiar that for no apparent reason, someone would lash out at Rand and Atlas Shrugged, but that was before I learned that the cinema version of Atlas Shrugged was due out on tax day! The whole picture became very clear. Once again, the Left, bereft of any rational argument and deeply threatened by Rand, Atlas Shrugged and objectivism, had begun what they usually do to those they fear the most (e.g., Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Robert Bork, Sarah Palin) -- they launch a vicious personal attack that bears little resemblance to the truth. Smearing is all they have. Truth works against them, so they lie, boldly and repeatedly. This is done in the hopes that those people too lazy to think for themselves, will be influenced by the incessant negative bleating of these orchestrated campaigns.
There is little doubt in my mind that these attempts to taint readers and prevent them from going to Atlas Shrugged, the Movie will fail miserably. The show is that good.
The cinema version is very well directed, the actors well-chosen, and, while set in the second decade of the twenty-first century, it is true to the novel in every important aspect.
The most compelling reason to see this movie is not the excellent acting, the great special effects, or the beautiful scenery during the Colorado scenes. The best reason to see this movie is to better understand the serious differences that are driving our nation apart. The story is coming true before our very eyes, with the Left getting ever more bold in their demands. Of course, driving Progressives crazy is another good reason to see the picture!
This is a movie you do not want to miss. In fact, we plan to see it in the theaters once again.
And the best part? There are two more installments before the novel is completed.
Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.