Now Playing Review – Morning Glory

Ever since I was little and I fell witness to a horrifying story about a raging fire on the news I have had a strong aversion to that form of broadcast.  And unless it is riddled with sarcastic references to current events, such as The Colbert Report or Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, it is still a rare occasion for me to sit through a show.  Thank goodness I am a strong individual with the capability of separating movies from reality or else I would not have been able to sit through this entertaining film.  And I would also be living in fear of zombie outbreaks, but that’s neither here nor there…

I’m glad you asked tagline on poster, the story goes a little something like this: After being fired from her job at a local New Jersey news station Becky must start over towards reaching her goal of becoming a producer for a top rung news show. Putting one foot back down at the beginning, she takes a job at a struggling morning show that is also ranked far below the successful shows it must battle in the ratings.  In order to get the ratings up to compete with the other stations, Becky must do what she can to get people to watch the show, starting with creating something out of the two antagonistic cohosts she has to deal with.

What sounds like a chick flick on paper does not play out quite that way on film.  Technically there is a romance in there somewhere between Rachel McAdams’ role of Becky and Patrick Wilson’s character, but as charming as he is and some of the comedic moments that come from this relationship, it really is tacked on at best.  In other words it is just there to further the point of Becky’s workaholic nature, but the less it elbows its way into the story the better off the film can be.

Though I am a fan of the addition of romantic inclinations in films, I was far more excited to get back to the scenes around the workplace of DayBreak and the characters that form the show.  McAdams is given a overly upbeat character that would easily get a door slammed in her face if I had to deal with her during the morning hours at work, but McAdams plays the perkiness and quirkiness to an extent and with such skill that it is hard to be irritated with her nature, as close as I was to being so at first.  And let’s face it, without that optimism she would have never survived long enough to create a film from, especially with those she has to boss around.  Diane Keaton plays the sunny face of the show that has lasted far longer than the majority of her cohosts, creating an entitled worker of the entertainment industry that can flip from a demanding and upsetting person to all smiles as soon as the camera switches on.  I was pleased to say that for once I was entertained with Keaton’s performance (thankfully removing the bitter taste in my mouth remaining from Because I Said So), and a lot of that can be attributed to the casting of her cohost for the show.  Harrison Ford is Mike Pomeroy, a dignified reporter who would rather spend his time listing off the awards he has won for his serious work as opposed to being caught dead doing a cheesy morning show staple segment, but must begrudgingly play along to keep the paychecks rolling in throughout the leftover time on his contract.  Both characters are great in their own right, but the chemistry between the two hosts is amazing and really brings a lot to the film as it progresses.

Morning Glory keeps its pacing for the most part and does get a second wind during a montage of hilarity when Becky is doing all that she can to bring in the ratings, and I would be more than willing to wake up early to see what they dished out if it were a real show.  Thank goodness I won’t have to though because this girl likes to sleep in, and I can watch this movie any time I want.

Final grade: B

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