To say that I was completely floored to find out that this film's screenplay was written by Ayn Rand, herself, who adapted it from her famous novel of the same name, would be an understatement, and a half.
I don't know what in the world Rand was thinking about when she wrote this film's screenplay (it must've been her pay cheque), but everything her novel apparently stood for in its uncompromising philosophy of "objectivism" is simply trashed and ground into the dirt in this strange movie.
This movie certainly gets my vote for most unbelievably, unintentionally hilarious dialogue ever spoken in an A-list Hollywood movie.
Each and every word that comes out of every character's mouth is bluntly written in order to make another argument by Ayn Rand in defiant favor of her own personal value system. Rand as a screenwriter comes off as an egomaniac and she proves it with every over-stretched word - Even Hamlet would've told this woman to shut her trap.
Over and over again we are introduced to cardboard villains in The Fountainhead who repeatedly tell us that we must compromise all principles and serve public opinion - Blah - Blah - Blah.
All of the characters in this film were, in one way or another, disgusting, even the ones that Rand thought we should admire.
We are told that architect, Howard Roark, has great talent in his field, but when shown several sample drawings and models of his work all I saw were wretched, unbalanced monoliths. And as ludicrous as these realizations were, I was being asked to agree that they were literal masterpieces.
If I were to sum up The Fountainhead in a nutshell, I'd have to say that it was really-really bad Soap Opera, and not much more than that.
I added a 17 and older recommendation because of the scene where Mr. Cooper's character beats Ms. Neal's character with a riding crop.
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