Keeva Stratton,Â Quip Creative
Directed by: Roger Mitchell
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum
There are a number of easy selling points that can be oh-so-casually pointed out with this new, sprightly romantic comedy based on the happenings around a morning news program. It\’s egregious fun to list them. First, the director, Roger Mitchell, brought us one of my favourites in the genre, Notting Hill (1999, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts). Second, the scriptwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna, also penned the wickedly funny The Devil Wears Prada (2006, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep). Third, the great cast, who are all in sparkling form, including the iconic and now too-seldom-on-screen Harrison Ford.
The film unspools as follows. When an uber enthusiastic up-and-coming morning TV producer Becky Fuller (played with zesty charm by Rachel McAdams) is replaced, she is forced to begin a desperate search for a new position. Given a chance at the dangerously teetering on the brink of being cancelled morning news show Daybreak in New York, she optimistically packs her bags â€“ and finds that not only is she getting a challenging new chance at rebuilding her career, but she may also be able to find a second chance at love.
When she arrives at Daybreak, Becky immediately sets to her executive producer role, and makes some bold moves â€“ such as firing the co-host. In order to find a replacement without a budget she enlists the legendary veteran news anchor, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), to the flighty morning program against his will, and what ensues is a well-heaped helping of screwball laughs poking well-deserved fun at the behind-the-scenes machinations and romantic triangles taking place in a largely superficial, workaholic workplace.
Morning Glory is abundant in clichÃ©s, but it succeeds where others have failed through its combination of clever scripting and excellent casting. Diane Keaton again demonstrates her penchant for comedy, and her portrayal as the resigned to mediocre remaining co-host is perfectly suited â€“ she plays Colleen Peck, the former beauty queen and long-time morning show personality. Patrick Wilson, who shows indications of being one of the up-an-coming male leads, plays the hunky news producer/love interest, Adam Bennett. But the main relational repartee comes from the delicious interplay between Becky and the curmudgeonly, snobby Mike Pomeroy, who is set in his ways.
And Harrison Ford proves that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, in a wonderfully dour role that appears self deprecating of his own status as a now getting-on-in-years, firmly established actor. The dramatic juxtaposition between the ever optimistic Becky (McAdams) and his crusty drawl and bristly attitude is often humorous and at other times absolutely hilarious.
This doesn\’t even take into account the Goldblum factor. It\’s well-known; there is a belief amongst many in Hollywood that Jeff Goldblum has the golden touch, guaranteeing box office success and Morning Glory will prove no exception. Goldblum has a fantastic but woefully small role as the Head of News, Jerry Barnes.
This is, quite simply, a feel-good film. It’s a classic example of the sparks and magic that happen when a good script and great actors collide. You can take your grandma, your mum, your best friend or your boyfriend and be confident that each will have a great time. If you’re seeking two carefree hours of entertainment these holidays, Morning Glory is sure to deliver.
Morning Glory is in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV