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Morning Glory (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 102 minutes
OK for children.
It’s hard for me not to like a film with Rachel
McAdams, and this one has her in almost every scene. She’s a young
producer of a low-rated morning show called Daybreak, with a
tough boss, Jeff Goldblum, a cantankerous co-anchor (Harrison Ford) and
a jealous co-host (Diane Keaton, who gives, for my money, her best
performance since The Godfather saga). Thrown in is a romance
between McAdams and Patrick Wilson.
Charmingly directed by Brit Roger Michell (Nottinghill)
from a wonderful script by Aline Borsh McKenna, who also wrote the
script for the terrific The Devil Wears Prada, this is a
thoroughly enjoyable jaunt through early-morning TV.
McAdams doesn’t have to carry the movie, although
her performance is good enough to, if necessary. Ford gives a fine
performance as the crusty former anchor who thinks he’s a “newsman.”
That’s a conceit that network anchors seem to adopt, even though all
they are, are photogenic, articulate newsreaders. They wouldn’t know how
to cover a story if their life depended on it. Can you imagine Katie
Couric or Brian Williams actually trying to research and write a story
on their own?
So Ford, who calls the character he plays an “ass,”
shows how involved with themselves these people are. One unfortunate
scene showed him having dinner with three media egomaniacs, Chris
Matthews, Morley Safer, and Bob Scheiffer, all three closed-minded icons
of the far left main stream media. It might have been politic had
Michell been more balanced and included at least one TV personality who
was not a charter member of the far left media. Even so, Ford gives a
sparkling portrayal of a self-serving, egotistical jerk.
My only criticism of the film is that Goldblum is
in far too few scenes. Jeff is a fine actor and deserves more exposure.
It seems as if the only roles he lands now are as the third or fourth
Wilson gives another good performance in a
papier-máché role that is less than challenging. Although he made an
appearance in the forgettable The Alamo (2004) he first made an
impression on me in Hard Candy (2006), the film that
introduced Ellen Page, an indie thriller that I thought one of the best
of 2006, although not many people saw it. He has a wide range. Even
though he seems to be getting more roles, none has come close to showing
the talent he displayed in Hard Candy.
This is an old-fashioned, feel good romantic comedy
that allows McAdams to further secure her place on the A List, highly