One of my most favorite and memorable books from childhood is Atlas Shrugged. I read it as a teenager and wanted to be Dagny Taggart. She’s self-assured, confident, beautiful and willing to stand by her beliefs until the end of the world. Dagny grew up with everything and wanted for nothing, but still had integrity and a moral code.Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart in “Atlas Shrugged.” Check out her Rearden Steel bracelet!
Now the book is being made into a movie. I wonder how it will even compare. (I posted about this once before…) I can’t wait to see my favorite characters in person. I can already tell that Francisco d’Anconia is not nearly as dashing as I imagined him, but perhaps the actor’s charisma will change my mind.
I’m also very curious how Ragnar Danneskjöld will appear in the movie, he’s my second favorite character after Dagny!
I really don’t want to be disappointed if the movie doesn’t measure up to the book. Besides, I never see movies in theatres, (except Harry Potter). I cannot wait to read reviews this movie.
The trailer is pretty intriguing, so I may not be able to wait until it comes out on DVD. I also just found out that it’s playing at a theatre less than two miles away from me this weekend!
If you’re not aware of the story, here’s the synopsis of Part I:
“Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers.
She is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own. Rearden’s super-strength metal alloy, Rearden Metal, holds the promise that innovation can overcome the slide into anarchy.
Using the untested Rearden Metal, they rebuild the critical Taggart rail line in Colorado and pave the way for oil titan Ellis Wyatt (Graham Beckel) to feed the flame of a new American Renaissance.
Hope rises again, when Dagny and Rearden discover the design of a revolutionary motor based on static electricity – in an abandoned engine factory – more proof to the sinister theory that the “men of the mind” (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are “on strike” and vanishing from society.“