Cliff Asness Loved The Atlas Shrugged Movie And Knows You Will Too

…unless you are “a leftist who hates liberty, or a snob who enjoys destroying civilization with your superior-sounding mendacity.” But if you’re neither of those things, “you will love this movie.” Do not believe the reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes, they know nothing.

Date: Apr 27, 2011 10:58 AM

Subject: A movie recommendation: Go see Atlas Shrugged


I’ve sent to this distribution list essays on limited government, and wonky quant finance papers. Now a movie recommendation (that is itself kind of a mini-essay on limited government).

Go see Atlas Shrugged. I did and loved it.

The critics hate it like socialist cats in the bath. The movie’s producer, a hero of mine, is close to shrugging (see link below).

It’s hard to spend money, time, and blood on something, and have the critics savage it (which sadly matters a lot to success if not at all to truth), and go on.

I am telling you it’s good. Particularly if what you’re looking for is a rather straight (though adopted for modern times) telling of the story. Does it have its amateurish moments and characteristics?

Sure. It was made for a trifle by Hollywood standards. The same critics that, if this tiny amount of money was spent on a poorly produced and acted “Indie” film, that happened to be about a hermaphrodite Palestinian boy who after escaping fascist Israeli persecution moves to Texas to face fascist American persecution (and isn’t immediately granted his full “right” to all the healthcare the USA can afford), would sing it’s praises and laud it’s signs of a tight budget as “authentic.”

I’m not sure if we have art imitating life or the other way around, but the critics are themselves Randian characters. They have an agenda—punish those who love liberty and have the temerity to defend it, then go to parties and be lauded by their friends for their heroic progressivism. And if they can make some snobby lies about cinematography along the way, more the better. (note—a small minority of critics have not seemed ideologically motivated, with them I simply disagree thinking they are using the wrong standard)

The book was also savaged by critics of the left and right in 1957, but loved by its giant number of readers beyond almost all others.

History is repeating, but that’s because sadly little has changed. We have to fix that. On Rotten Tomatoes (wouldn’t the left love for me to have left off the “e”?) the critics have been running, wait for it, 6% for the movie, 94% against. The people have been running 85% for the movie. Now, you could argue that the people have tended to be Rand fans so that’s biased. That’s a bad argument. Rand fans would be the first, the absolute first, to savage it if it wasn’t a good movie (have you ever seen Rand fans agree on anything except loving Rand?).

If you love the book, if you like the book, if you are at all open to the arguments in the book, you will love this movie. If you’re a leftist who hates liberty, or a snob who enjoys destroying civilization with your superior-sounding mendacity, you probably won’t like it so much.

Go see the movie.


p.s. The movie superbly preserves a message from the book that gives the lie to so much the left says about it. The heroes are not “businessmen” and the villains “government”. The book and movie clearly show the heroes are liberty loving creators and the villains totalitarian thieves—and those thieves come in the form of big business crony capitalists (those who don’t create but use the state’s power to steal to enrich themselves) as often as government apparatchiks (and never the defenseless poor). Look for this. The movie and book are honest, the critics are not.

Cliff Asness: Go See Atlas Shrugged [NetNet]

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116 Responses to “Cliff Asness Loved The Atlas Shrugged Movie And Knows You Will Too”

  1. Guest says:

    “Hellcats” has the same problem.

  2. Guest says:

    I’m going to see it today!

  3. ACDC says:

    Sorry, his Asness. I am going to have to go ‘balls to the wall’ and see, “Atlas Tugged”.

  4. Mark Brown says:

    I want to see “Asness shradded”

  5. Harvey Weinstein says:

    Why was the hermaphrodite Palestinian boy (who, after escaping fascist Israeli persecution, moved to Texas to face fascist American persecution) not immediately granted his full right to all the healthcare the USA can afford? And is “he/boy” the preferred nomenclature for a person of this type of physical standing?

  6. Guest says:

    “or a snob who enjoys destroying civilization with your superior-sounding mendacity”

    Pot, kettle.

  7. Doode says:

    I watched the very first show for the movie in NYC because I love Rand’s work. The story draws eerie parallels to today’s world with less hyperbolic parallels and conclusions than one would think Rand’s work would have. I could not wait for the movie to come out because I loved the story. That said, I literally forced myself to stay in the theater because the acting was just really really bad and that is an inescapable reality of the movie – no budget or other excuses. Great story, really shitty execution.

  8. Biffy says:

    White Power!

  9. John D. Galtafeller says:

    The movie was supposed to be set in the future, but everyone was using 2 year old cell phones. The most technologically groundbreaking engine the world has ever seen was also designed on a chalkboard.

  10. Homosaurus says:

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  11. derp says:

    this movie sounds like it’s as half-baked as Objectivism

  12. Chompers says:

    Assness Buggered.

  13. Guest says:

    “would sing it’s praises and laud it’s signs of a tight budget as “authentic.” ”

    His masterful grasp of English is making me twitch.

  14. Guest says:

    holy shit! this crap website with its unemployed failure bloggers and readers and commentators is still up?

    mebbe you guys can pretend you “decided” to quit working and were not fired, cos you were mad at communism or some shit?

  15. Blumercury says:

    Ah, no, no matter from what side of the theater you watch it from, left, right, center – the movie sucks. Oh, and Rand herself was a shitty writer.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Read the above comments, of most of them, for a fair representation of the intellect of those who enjoy experiencing hatred; in this case, for Ayn Rand, This the best they are capable of doing.

  17. Charles Kelly says:

    I’m a “leftist” but since I am also a United States Army veteran I take exception to anyone who suggests I hate my country. As a Christian, I subscribe to Jesus’ philosophy, “Inasmuch as ye have done it for the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.” Unlike Ms. Rand, I don’t dismiss the poor as “parasites.” I feel it is my patriotic and Christian duty to do what I can for those less fortunate. Jesus tells us that those of us who have been blessed should share with those who have not. Social Security and Medicare are a good start, but we should provide public health care for all our citizens.

    Ayn Rand was a terrible writer. She betrayed any principles she expressed in the book when she collected Social Security and Medicare under her husband’s name. When her philosophy met reality, it was the philosophy that flinched.

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  19. Leon says:

    Interesting factoid: “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” was an all union production.

    Sure, holding to your ideals is important … but y’know, sometimes you just got to make a movie, ideals be damned.

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