Based on my observations (for six years, I was paid to analyze the U.S. media industry by the European investment bank I worked for in New York), the general sentiment of the media is against capitalism. Most of my readers would agree. So, it’s not surprising to me that the media has panned Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 on stylistic and artistic grounds. NY Post got it partially right, and I have posted a portion of Kyle Smith’s review here:
The subjects the film deals with are fascinating, important — and almost completely ignored at the movies. Even “The Social Network,” the most acclaimed business movie of last year, placed the building of one of the world’s most valuable companies in the background of a personality dispute and some whining about club membership. “Atlas Shrugged” wants to start an argument with you, to force you to (in Rand’s often-repeated words) “check your premises.”
It would be easier to do no such thing, to laugh off the stilted dialogue and stern, unironic hectoring, so that’s what most viewers will do.