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The early reviews are in

… and the VIPs who got invited to a special screening of Atlas Shrugged, Part I in Los Angeles liked what they saw. A lot.

One reviewer, Hans Schantz, shared the very same fears — no, the very same certainty — I had as the movie went into production:

When I heard my favorite novel was being made into a movie, all the available omens boded ill: a “low-budget” production, with “no-name” stars, made independently – without the adult supervision of a real Hollywood studio, and rushed into production at the last minute to avoid loss of rights. It sounded like a recipe for disaster. Scratch that… it WAS a recipe for disaster. I mourned the might-have-been movie I’d been waiting my entire adult life to see. I regretted the lost opportunity. I averted my eyes to avoid the painfully unfolding train wreck.

Then he ended up believing that the low budget and lack of Hollywood backing enhanced the film.

I emailed the Atlas creative team asking about the possibility of a reviewers’ screening here in the Northwest. Didn’t get an answer. Ah well. Never did think of myself as the VIP type. But who knows what could still happen between now and the April 15 opening.


  1. Ellendra
    Ellendra February 28, 2011 9:04 pm

    You’re a famous (infamous?) author!!! That HAS to count!!!

  2. Big Wooly
    Big Wooly February 28, 2011 10:02 pm

    This is definitely going to need reviewed for BWH. Tell (ask) Dave to pony up. If there’s anyone that deserves to write about this, it’s you. If there’s a magazine out there that it needs to be reviewed in, it’s BWH. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see half of the staff chomping at the bit to go see it. I know I am!

  3. Claire
    Claire March 1, 2011 6:59 am

    Ellendra — I don’t think infamous counts. LOL.

    Big Wooly — No worries, I’ll definitely be talking about Atlas in BHM. And Dave thought of it before I did! But neither of us knew about the Los Angeles screening and the Atlas team didn’t reply to my email. Still, if there’s a pre-release screening in the northwest I’ll do my utmost to be at it. You can bet on that. If they were to have another in L.A. and I got an invite … boy, I’d have to think about that.

  4. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews March 1, 2011 5:33 pm

    If they’re smart they will release it on BitTorrent to build a demand for it in the theaters.

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