I had a difficult time with the Rand villains, most notably Ellsworth Toohey. I did not see, as a young man, what was in it for a Toohey or the charming Starnes children.
Then I met a couple hundred of them.
Misery loves company, and sadly it's easier to spread disappointment and failure to others than enthusiasm and perseverance.
Btw, my take on AS is that it won't be very successful if at all. Artistically, it well captured the spirit of the novel, but that didn't make for a compelling story.