Sometimes I wonder if being a film critic amounts to a hill of beans in this crazy world. And then I see the guy who financed, produced and distributed the first film in a planned trilogy adaptation of sociopath and welfare leech Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has decided to forego parts two and three, and he’s blaming the critics.
Score one for the critics!
Talking to the LA Times John Aglialoro says “Critics, you won… I’m having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2.”
I haven’t seen the film, but it’s been widely panned by every single critic who saw it. I’m not surprised, since the book - besides being an evil Bible for selfish jerks - is pretty boring and terrible. It’s the thrilling tale of railroad tycoons and a twat named John Galt and being insufferable. But apparently the film is simply no good at all, no matter what your ideology. And that’s been reflected in the film’s grosses, which dropped almost 50% in the second week, even after adding more theaters.
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 played to the hardcore Ayn Rand audience only. And that’s especially tough because these people don’t even have friends or dates to bring with them to the theater to pad the grosses. But between the terrible reviews, the general badness of the film and the frankly esoteric nature of the novel - it sits on many shelves, very unread - it’s not surprising the thing didn’t do well.
But what’s great is hearing Aglialoro blame critics. He says he’ll eke out a profit on this one, but the fact that people were mean to his film has chased him from the playground. Love it. And now Atlas Shrugs joins Eragon as one of the great modern trilogies that never happened.