How Is John Galt?
America’s favorite drugstore polemic goes Hollywood.
May 16, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 33 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
This approach turns Atlas Shrugged into a strangely fascinating update of those stilted but glamorous 1950s/60s movies about rich people you can see on Turner Classic Movies—those adaptations of big, sodden novels of Rand’s day like Youngblood Hawke and Parrish and Written on the Wind. And in so doing, the filmmakers have revealed a core truth about Ayn Rand without meaning to: Rand may have fancied herself a visionary truth-teller, but in the end, her masterpiece is really just the greatest drugstore paperback of all time. And the only quality that makes this new Atlas Shrugged worthwhile is its odd invocation of those kinds of junky but irresistible books and the junky but irresistible movies made from them.
John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.