Needless to say, this gesture constitutes the first element connected to the making and marketing of this execrable film adaptation of the already execrable novel about which one might be tempted to say there is some real artistry.
"Critics, you won," said John Aglialoro, the businessman who spent 18 years and more than $20 million of his own money to make, distribute and market "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1," which covers the first third of Rand's dystopian novel. "I’m having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2."
Just listen to him, this would-be Galtian Overlord, it's all there: The inept business decisions, the lack of aesthetic standards, the bulldozing superiority deflating upon the least contact with resistance, the scene of the would-be superman whining about the unfairness of the world in rejecting his hymn to the awesomeness of unfairness, the fantasy that pampered mediocrities who appointed themselves an indispensable overclass could bring history to a screeching halt were they to remove their utterly unwanted crap from the world… yes, it's all there, in a single tantrum, an encapsulation in mere moments of elapsed time of the whole plot of his whole ponderous trilogy as well as the exposure of its imposture, a kind of performance piece, a bit of artistic truth at last.
In townhall meetings across the country, Republicans who blithely leaped off the cliff doll-eyed dolt and Ayn Rand fanboy Paul Ryan told them to, are confronting facets of this same truth, as they discover to their annoyance and shock that the majorities they claim to represent aren't actually eager to deliver themselves needlessly into feudalism and lives "nasty, brutish, and short" simply to lard with ever more treasure and authority the heartless parasites and flim-flam artists who throng the richest of the rich in our country and have come to fancy themselves indispensable and entitled to all whatever their failures and follies. The release of Atlas was presumably timed to co-incide with sweeping public sentiment on questions of fairness and good government, and so, I suppose I'll grant some artistry, however ironic and unintended, in some of the promotional decisions for this flop as well.