REVIEW: ‘Morning Glory’

Director:
Roger Michell
Cast:
Rachel McAdams
Harrison Ford
Diane Keaton
Jeff Goldblum
Rated: PG-13

Morning Glory follows the character Becky (McAdams), a 28 year old television news producer who, after a rehiring, has to find a new job. After some searching she lands a spot as the executive producer of the television news show Day Break. However, she soon learns the reason why she got the job is because it is nearly impossible to be successful.

The show Day Break is behind the other morning shows on the networks and the staff just can’t seem to get it together. Becky sets out to change that, first by taking complete charge of her staff to get in line, and then hiring a new anchor, Mike Pomeroy (Ford). The problem, though, is that Pomeroy is an old school news man and doesn’t care about any of the fluff pieces that overwhelm the morning news shows these days, plus he can’t get a long with the co-host Colleen Peck (Keaton).

The movie’s story has some enjoyable elements, working best when the story explores Becky taking the lead and coming up with new ideas while still being a young person trying to find her way in life. Because of her influence, the show does improve and since we root for her, the show’s ratings become a point of engagement for the audience

The issue, though, is a high amount of redundancy. A large chunk of this film is dedicated to Becky trying to convince Pomeroy to stay the course and not quit, and while this does lead to some humor, it also gets far too repetitive.

In terms of acting, for a feel good-type picture, it works fairly well. McAdams plays her character with a good balance of vulnerabilities, important since her job is on the line, while still portraying the drive to get the show back on track.

The supporting cast was OK, Keaton did seem a little too ditsy at times and didn’t deliver one of her more memorable performances. Ford was a bit better, playing the grizzled, dedicated news anchor and having a good banter level with McAdams’ character

Overall, Morning Glory has some heart and offers a good protagonist equaling a nice feel good story. It’s not one of the most memorable pictures, but it’s worth a 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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