Morning Glory (2010)
Running Time: 107 minutes
Directed by: Roger Michell
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson
Morning Glory is a dramedy about Becky (McAdams) a morning TV show producer who is hired to produce a struggling morning show, ‘Daybreak’. Becky accepts the job with the full knowledge that it is going to be a struggle to improve the show’s rating. She then tries to convince an egotistical, award-winning news reporter, Mike Pomeroy (Ford) to take over the job as a co-anchor on Daybreak. This proves to be a pain for both the crew and co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton). Meanwhile, she finds herself falling in love for the dashing, Adam (Wilson) who works in the same network while trying to save the show from being cancelled by the network due to its poor ratings.
A breezy and entertaining film, Morning Glory sets out to cheer you up from a bad day, a reminder that hard work pays. The chemistry between the lead actors, McAdams, Ford, Keaton and Wilson was evident and helped elevate the film from being written-off as a cliche. They gave convincing performances through the film, along side a great supporting cast. The soundtrack was spot on for the film, giving it an upbeat element alongside the various comedic or inspiring moments in the film.
Overall, Morning Glory proved itself to be more than just your typical dramedy at a time where comedies relied heavily on vulgar jokes and cheap shots. It serves as a reminder that a comedy can still be empowering and inspiring, and fun to watch. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in search of a feel-good film.
Rating: 6 out of 10