Morning Glory Reviewed

Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Morning Glory is this month's MUST SEE and it stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

The Plot

Aspiring news producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) just got laid off of her job at Good Morning New Jersey. She sends many different resumes out and gets a call from a national network morning show called DayBreak, a program that struggles because it is competing with the Today Show, which is the biggest morning show in the country.

Becky is hired by Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) to be the executive producer and her first act as EP is to fire the current self absorbed co-host Paul McVee (Ty Burrell). All this on her first day at work. 

The other workers at DayBreak applaud her but she desperately needs a new co-host for Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and finds a reluctant one in Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a veteran television journalist. Pomeroy is under contract to DayBreak's network IBS, but has managed to mostly escape being utilized while still getting paid.

Becky finds a clause in his contract by which he is obliged to accept an official job offer or lose his salary. Pomeroy ensures that he only do serious news stories by making use of a clause in his contract allowing him to refuse certain assignments, like cooking segments, that he considers beneath him.

Of course there's a little romance on the side as Becky begins to date Adam (Patrick Wilson), also an IBS producer.

The Verdict

One of the assets of the film was the performance of its all-star cast, especially Rachel McAdams. Looking at the trailer or even seeing the movie posters you'd think that she was in the company of some big names and wonder if she could cope.

Well McAdams's energy shine through so well that it allows Ford and his fellow news anchor Diane Keaton to craft beautifully timed comedic performances. That's pretty much the tone of the movie. It's somewhat a very snappy script with good punch. It's more than just a goofy comedy but an enjoyable life comedy.

I've worked on the morning show for 3 years and it's kinda like that, coming early yawning before you go on air. Bitching or mouthing off but once the mic is on you put on a fake smile and carry on with your performance. (Something Diane Keaton did very well in the film).

I loved it and I found myself inspired by it, the way Becky really wanted to first be an EP and then grow the show and she had so much belief in it. Us media folks ought to learn a lesson or two from it because it's that passion that makes a great show.

Harrison Ford was his best and funniest role in years, there was that iconic Han Solo glare and that Indiana Jones macho wannabe that showed real comic chops as Mike Pomeroy

I have to put in special mention for Jeff Goldblum's performance. I thought he was great as the network boss and there was a little bit of his Jurassic Park character style coming through.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Well as Pomeroy would put it……"It's quite fluffy!"

Morning Glory opens in cinemas March 24

All photos courtesy of United International Pictures

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