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Movie Review: Morning Glory (November, 2010)

Director: Roger Michell
Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna
Release Date: November 10, physiotherapy 2010
Actors: Rachel McAdams, visit this Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum

Morning Glory has been compared to the 1987 movie Broadcast News, starring Holly Hunter, a film that was nominated for 7 Oscars. Morning Glory is doubtful to live up to its ‘glory’ of that film, but Rachel McAdams and the film itself has a lot to offer.

Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller, an ambitious 28 year old producer who gets hired to “The Today Show” morning equivalent on broadcast station ibs – “Daybreak”. The show is the lowest rated out of all the network stations, and Becky is hired as a last resort to try and save the failing show. “Daybreak” is hosted by Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and the creepy, apathetic Paul McVee (played by hilarious Ty Burrell, best known for his role in Modern Family). Becky and the rest of the crew find Colleen extremely difficult to work with, but, unlike Paul’s apathy, is invested in the success of the show. Paul quickly finds himself without a job, and Becky is left trying to find a new co-host for the show. She settles on Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a prestigious news journalist that is on ibs’ payroll, but is currently without a job. Due to his laundry list of accolades and accomplishments, Mike refuses to work with Becky or Colleen, making life a bit more miserable for just about everyone who works on the show. Despite the impossible situation that Becky finds herself, she tries to reinvent Daybreak and make the co-hosts work together.

As of late, I’ve found Rachel McAdams to be hit or miss, since her days from her role in The Notebook. I was never fond of the movie (or the book for that matter) The Time Traveler’s Wife, nor was I all that interested in Sherlock Holmes. But McAdams is downright endearing in Morning Glory. Her wide eyed expression, with her bangs falling in her face alongside with her nervous excitement is the perfect mixture of charm and determination of a character who is willing to do her best to save a show she truly believes in. It’s possible here, to see her with a Golden Globes nomination for Best Comedy or Musical. Despite the powerhouse of both Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams anchors the story and the film.

Michell has directed a slew of fairly excellent films – including one of my romantic comedies of Notting Hill, and a few hauntingly painful films such as Enduring Love and The Mother. McKenna wrote the highly successful The Devil Wears Prada (but, on the other hand, wrote 27 Dresses). The combination should serve a sure hit, but due to the way the film is played out, Morning Glory will be viewed as your standard comedy. Why? Morning Glory, in many ways, is very much Hollywood, and has an extremely cliched storyline. Everything you expect to happen will.

Mike Pomeroy is played all fairly one-note by the wonderful Harrison Ford, making it hard to understand where the change of heart the character ends up having occurs. One could make leaps of logic, or make connecting lines, but seeing a lack of growth in character is a failure in the script. The banter between Mike and Colleen is fairly amusing, but it is the back and forth arguing between Becky and Mike that really makes the movie that much more fun. Diane Keaton plays her playful “Murphy Brown” aka Colleen Peck, an aggressive, hard edged, picky and annoyed news journalist who Mike doesn’t take seriously due to her former crown as Miss Arizona. All these differences in the lead characters in addition to the quirky personalities that of the crew really aid in the comedy, especially Matt Malloy as Ernie Appleboy, the weather man, stuck “in the action”. Patrick Wilson plays the handsome and supporting date turned boyfriend Adam Bennett for Becky Fuller, the man who gives Becky a bit more meaning and slightly more balance to her career driven life.

The acting here is all as expected, though Rachel McAdams surprised me quite a bit. As mentioned earlier, there is nothing that stands out, as the story is fairly standard, and the ending quite cliche. However, having said all of that, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and predict that when this movie comes out on disc, I will be watching the movie countless times over again. The comedy is pretty straight, neither dry, vulgar, disgusting, or mean, a comedy that could be enjoyed over a large group of people. The film is enjoyable, relaxing and entertaining. It’s hard not to like the film or the characters. Even the music is a lot of fun (I mean, who can resist Diane Keaton singing to/with 50 cent?) – hard to not crack a smile there!

However, I find both the trailer and the poster to be horrible marketing, as the trailer made the movie look boring and flat (the music in the beginning to be a bit too fluffy). The poster’s font for the words is elementary looking and nothing about it makes it interesting. In general, I don’t think the movie is marketed correctly, and will be a factor if the film fails at the box office. Which is a shame, because it’s so much better than both its poster and the trailer.

Would I recommend it? Yes, I would, even with the flaws. If you enjoy these kind of feel good comedies, Morning Glory is for you! It certainly made me laugh, and I would expect most people will too. 3.5 Furtada / 5 Furtadas


Trailer (I usually avoid all trailers, as it adds to my enjoyment/surprise of a film). With that, here it is if you still want to see it!

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