Occasionally sparkles but is too broad, too simple, too predictable.
In theaters: Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson
Vincentsaid on Monday, November 15, 2010 9:22:58 PMWhat's the story? That is what one of the few draw-in lines and a few of the posters for the new movie Morning Glory have been saying and although the story is a fairly simple one, it succeeds thanks to the high entertainment value that it gives to the audience. The moment that I had finished viewing the movie tonight, I was debating with myself about what kind of grade to give it. I was stuck between either an A- or a B+ and I ultimately decided on the latter because even though I am reluctant to say that it was not a great movie, I had a lot of fun and I think that many other people would too. Don't get me wrong, I am still giving it three stars. I am just trying to say that it does not make a three and a half or four star rating because the approximately five to six hysterical moments that we get in the movie (one of them involving the use of a rain stick as a euphemism and the others revolving around the physical and manic humor that a supporting actor provides in his scenes) are all limited in the amount of time that they take up in the movie's almost two hour running time, but do help to carry the rest of the film since we enjoy watching the actors interact with each other and the use of these ingenious occurrences that achieve perfect executions thanks to the smart writing that went into the screenplay. Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller; a smart, but overachieving TV News producer who is fired from her from job as doing so allows them to bring in a seemingly more suitable replacement. Looking for work, she sends her resume every appropriate place possible until she persuades the skeptical IBS studio employer Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) to hire her as the executive producer for the fourth place morning talk show, DayBreak. After Becky fires a creepy and sexually-charged co-anchor, (Ty Burrell, of Modern Family) she begins to search for a reasonable and more-fitting replacement. She settles on a man who is a news idol in her eyes, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). He is a very serious, over-the-top, and overly dramatic man that to a full-blown degree, he avoids light and whimsical stories at all costs, it comes to the point that he and his more flexible, but still negative and demanding co-anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) are at each other's throats. Becky does find time, but very little, for romance with another studio worker named Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson), but it is not really that well-developed or hugely delved into as the movie focuses more on the professional relationship between Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford, which is actually a more intelligent decision in my opinion. Morning Glory could definitely be seen as a movie that has multiple flaws, but it is purely a harmless entertainment flick that with the radical and unorthodox, but generally effective changes that Becky makes to the show, turns into a riotous, hugely entertaining, and tenderly heartwarming comedy that invests us in both the show and the characters who work at it. As to whether or not Harrison Ford will get an Academy Award nomination (his first in twenty-five years) is unclear at this time to me. From my perspective, I think he should since I did like his performance more than the Academy Award winning performance of Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. He also has two great bring down the house scenes at the end of this movie that will both thrill viewers and leave them satisfied as well. Morning Glory is a don't miss delight that should definitely not be passed up for any reason at all.