I read "Atlas Shrugged" in the 1970s -- found it overrated. Rand exaggerated her villains to the point that they were not believable.
I read "Atlas Shrugged" again two years ago -- found it overrated. Rand's imagination fell so far short of the real thing that I surprised she watered down her story so much.
Both times I found the 800 page monologue in the middle to be deathly dull.
that’s the problem with the book, she could have done more with less, and so could the movie. you can get the fundamental ideas across in a shorter amount of time. often the best ways to get things said, to get an idea into someone’s mind, are done in one or two sentences, that are very focused and concise, and nails it in a way they don’t forget and exactly get the point made.