Well, I really enjoyed the first one a lot. The biggest problem in the world of course isn't capitalism or communism, but the inability of people to see anything in shades of gray and so they have to sort everything into capitalism or communism, because they don't have any bins in between apparently. As someone who is both fairly socially liberal and who runs a business, I can see both sides of the coin. There are way too many people who are happy to take what is not theirs and who condemn people who work hard to get what they have (and use that as an excuse to steal from them), and there are way too many people who believe that any attempt to help people who fall off the train is the first step towards a socialist world government. This country is so polarized that it's getting pretty stupid.
The world is not monolithic. There are people who are wired for innovation and creation and competition and there are people who are not. Say what you will, but it's that former group who mostly butters our bread. That's not to belittle the role of teachers, mothers, artists, etc... But ultimately we have what we have because of those competitive folks who want to play the capitalist game. What we need is a way to allow them to do so, but without allowing them to own everything or accumulate dangerous amounts of power. That's a delicate balance and we'll never get there with people yelling kleptocracy, communism, etc... at every turn. We want to get the benefits of their work, often devoting their entire lives to it, but that means we have to reward them for doing do or they won't do it.
I think we can pretty much demonstrate from history that communisms does NOT foster that sort of innovation and creation. We need the rewards system of capitalism to drive that engine. The trick is to try to keep as many benefits of that system as possible and avoid as many related problems as possible. But clearly, taxing those folks at 90% or arguing that someone who works on the factory floor should earn as much as someone who has built a company isn't the answer, those not being equivalent skills or of the same value to the country. We should fight against hereditary accumulation of power certainly, against ever on-going consolidation of more and more companies into larger and larger companies, against loopholes by which the wealthy avoid paying their (reasonable) share, and for reasonable safety nets that encourage rebounds not dependency as much as possible.
We clearly aren't going to do any of that with most of the country sitting on one side of the room or the other, chanting mindless slogans and waving flags like it's some kind of football game. No solutions to human problems are EVER solved by that sort of absolutist position. But until people wise up and stop letting themselves be pulled into simplistic, slogan based politics and start judging every situation on the merits, we are doomed, because we'll just be stuck in this current situation. And it's the current situation that really empowers the people we don't want empowered. It rewards the clever line and the whitened smile, not the depth of analysis or flexibility to solve problems no matter what the solutions required.
Anyhoo, I was disappointed to hear above that the folks from the original movie aren't going to be in this one. I thought that they were made as a set, and it would really suck to watch them back to back and have all of the people change. I don't know the lady who played Dagny but I thought she was great for that role, and would have hoped she'd be back in particular. I'm sure it was all greatly simplified, as all movies based on books are (which is why I just can't watch LOTRs anymore, it just drives me crazy.) But just as a movie I enjoyed the first one a lot and would like to see how it plays out to the end.