Thursday, November 18, 2010

Box Office Review - Morning Glory

Morning Glory at first glance comes off as a film akin to The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries. While there are some similarities, Morning Glory is a much more enjoyable experience than either of those films. Sure there is a ridiculous love story and the third act of the film is poorly constructed but the acting in this Roger Michell directed film makes everything work.

Rachel McAdams plays Becky a morning show producer who without much experience takes on the challenge of raising the viewership for a struggling show in New York City. As a way of shaking things up she hires veteran news anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) the third worst man in the world according to some people. Becky's gung ho attitude conflicts with Pomeroy's hatred for the position he is in. The best thing about Morning Glory is the relationship that Becky and Pomeroy have in the film. Unlike many female actors who do comedies McAdams fully commits to the comedy in the film without any form of self consciousness. This coupled with Harrison Ford's curmudgeonly performance makes for many funny exchanges between the two actors. Patrick Wilson plays the love interest in the film and he is good as usual. The relationship that he has with McAdams' is very typical and uninspired following the guidelines of every romantic comedy that has come out in the past twenty years. Thankfully this is not the main focus of the film.

Had the film not felt the need to make everything fall apart then be put it back together so neatly the movie would have finished much stronger. Other than that Morning Glory is a fun and enjoyable movie that features a great lead performance be Rachel McAdams. There are many worse ways to spend ten bucks and two hours.

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