Blood, sweat and tears, all in a day’s work when you are the executive producer of a television show. Just add in dismal viewer ratings with a pinch of impeding television failure, and now you are in the world of “Morning Glory.”
In his newest film, director Roger Mitchell (“Venus”) recreates the dysfunctional world of morning show television production.
Though the film boasts a star-studded cast, actress Rachel McAdams (“Sherlock Holmes”) is the lead driving force of the production. McAdams plays the delightfully charming Becky Fuller who is down on her luck after losing her job at a local news show.
Determined and persistent, Fuller scrambles for the next job opportunity that is handed to her: heading up the worst rated morning show, Daybreak
Sure, the premise seems a bit unlikely and utterly implausible, but it definitely works for “Morning Glory,” which basically boils down to a story that grows to resemble a proverbial “little-train-that-could-scenario.”
Mitchell’s light-handed illustration of the television industry does not bog down viewers with technical details. Instead the film unfortunately glamorizes the television industry.
Aline Brosch McKenna, the writer of “27 Dresses” and “The Laws of Attraction”, does a pretty great job creating a concise and pointed script. The content and the story within “Morning Glory” rival that of McKenna’s adaptation of the “Devil Wears Prada” in terms of onscreen success.
What steals the show is not necessarily the plot of the movie, but the actors.
Harrison Ford (“Extraordinary Measures”) plays Mike Pomeroy, a grumpy, award winning journalist who has been roped into hosting the worst morning show on television. Pomeroy’s constant negativity and undying stubbornness is comical on its own, but when paired with veteran Daybreak host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton, “Mad Money”) true hilarity ensues.
Pomeroy and Peck make a dynamic duo, shelling out egos and wits all over national television. Their clashing personalities deliver some of the funniest moments in the film and Fuller’s frantic attempts to help bring the two together in harmony further adds to the hilarity.
Although the characters Pomeroy and Peck are perfectly matched, actors Harrison and Keaton are not used to their full potential.
Throughout the movie Pomeroy growls and scoffs, his persona becoming something more reminiscent of Christian Bale in the“Dark Knight” rather than
Keaton’s character offered nothing more than light humor with her flash application television demeanor. Regardless of her pitch perfect television persona, which is captivating and truly believable, Keaton is still unfortunately underutilized in the film.
Although Pomeroy and Peck added a few minor quibbles to the film, Fuller’s relentless balancing act between not only the anchors, but also the morning show offers constant entertainment.
From sticking a reporter and a camera in a rollercoaster to coaching Pomeroy in the art of bantering Fuller’s truly demonstrates the mastery in multitasking while also leaving the audience laughing in their seats.
While the character of Fuller risks being far too high-maintenance for her own good, McAdams manages to win audiences over by adeptly portraying the character’s quirky, yet border-line neurotic personality.
Simply put, McAdams transforms Becky Fuller into a memorable, fun loving character who — against all odds — seems really well put together for a woman that gets nearly zero hours of sleep and is basically a coffee junkie.
Don’t let Fuller’s charming personality fool you into thinking that “Morning Glory” is a romantic comedy. Though the film excels in humor and entertainment, the romantic aspect of the movie seem more like an under developed subplot.
Fuller’s love interest Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson, “Insidious”) adds little to no dramatic action to the overall film. No offense to either actor, but the lack of chemistry between Fuller and Bennett made their relationship seem contrived and artificial, and took time away from the main point of the film: watching Fuller succeed.
Brushing aside the failed romantic subplot, “Morning Glory” stays fun and simple. This is obviously not a film about the realities of broadcast news, with its light and airy early morning attitude.
Then again, who really needs hard news in the mornings when you can just have smiles and frittata recipes on Fuller’s Daybreak
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