Morning Glory

Release date: November 10, 2010
Director: Roger Michell
Screenplay by: Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum

Morning Glory follows eager morning show producer Becky (McAdams), who was recently let go from the network she’s been working at for the last couple of years. Becky finally gets the chance to work for Daybreak, one of the messiest and least watched shows, headed by Colleen Peck (Keaton).

As Daybreak limps its way down to the bottom of the ratings list, Becky sets out to save the show… and her career.

Let me start this off by saying that Morning Glory is a total Chick Flick, and an incredibly fresh one at that. Don’t worry, guys. You can like this film too. After starting out her career as a mean girl, Rachel McAdams plays what Hollywood thought was impossible — a career woman who’s not a bitch to others.

Becky loves her job, is efficient, considerate, and tries her best to pull this show together, even if time seems to be running out for her dream of becoming a producer for the Today Show. In the process, she meets Adam (Wilson), a “real” news producer and strikes a relationship with him. However, this is never the focus of the story. Instead we see her getting involved with the people that work with her… which includes Becky’s journalist hero Mike Pomeroy (Ford).

We could look at Morning Glory as a romantic comedy in which Becky’s job is the love interest, because even if the sight of Patrick Wilson’s presence is… appreciated, the few scenes he’s in could have been edited out in favor of more work related time.

The acting was solid, McAdams proves to be a strong lead opposite Ford and Keaton, though the latter is underused. Ford plays quite a likable unlikable character. He’s a snob, overly-serious, and puts people down… a normal sad old man, you could say. Add to that a never-satisfied boss in Jeff Goldblum, and a variety of odd reporters and anchors that include Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell.

It’s good to see a movie like this, and better yet with a charismatic McAdams.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

amy

YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

6 Responses

  1. julili says:

    waaaah, I swear from the trailer the plot seemed quite meh, but if u say it’s good then I guess imma gonna watch it!

  2. Castor says:

    Glad you liked it Amy! Told you it was a solid one :) As you noted, I loved that the main character is a strong and independent woman and yet totally adorable instead of whiny and bitchy. Ford is over-the-top and it works great, Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum are awesome and Rachel McAdams is dynamite.

    • amy says:

      @Castor, I did kinda loved the movie too much. I mean, I did see it twice in less than a week. I don’t know whether to think that’s because I like Rachel McAdams. People seem disappointed because it wasn’t a “romantic” romantic comedy. LOL

      I think the role wouldn’t have been right with another actress. But that’s me being biased.

      • Castor says:

        @amy, I really doubt anyone else in Hollywood would have been able to make Becky Fuller… Becky Fuller if you know what I mean. I can see why Mitchell wanted her –she was reluctant to take on the character because she didn’t see herself as a comedian. The character could so easily have turned into an obnoxious Katherine Heigl type character or a bland, empty Kate Hudson vessel.

        • amy says:

          @Castor, I don’t think Heigl or Hudson would have chosen a role where the girl puts her career a bit ahead of her romantic interest.

          The second time around, I burst out laughing with the roller coaster, sky-diving scenes – but I think that must be symptom to my mother’s laughter.

          I also think I got into the film a lot because I saw myself in it a lot, having to put so much work into this project and trying to juggle actual work, and jumping around social networks and other blogs xD (I know I’m not as active in AM as before).

          Also, have the best dad ever, look! He took time to comment on the site… with google translate! If that’s not love, then I dunno what that is. LOL He’s totally Becky’s dad.

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