Movie Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory (2010)
Morning Glory movie poster

Morning Glory is a American comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell (director of Notting Hill), produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada). It stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

Thanks to the folks from United International Pictures, Rachel and I caught the media screening a few weeks back. Both of us enjoyed the movie very much and would give it two thumbs up. We may be biased as the movie revolves around life in the newsroom, a topic closed to both of us as we work in the media line.

Rachel McAdams shines as Becky Fuller, a goofy morning TV show producer who found herself unceremoniously fired from a small, local TV station when she was expecting a promotion instead. Her life continues to turn outside down after she landed a job in a national TV station as the producer of an ailing morning TV show, “Daybreak”.

Her mission was to save the show and for this, she roped in news legend, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a grumpy, award-winning veteran journalist as a news anchor. The two of them sparked off many comedic moments, together with the rest of the zany characters working on “Daybreak”, including co-host Collen Peck (Diane Keaton).

Producer Becky trying to save Daybreak, together with show hosts, Mike and Collen
Producer Becky trying to save Daybreak, together with show hosts, Mike and Collen

Churning out daily news is a tiring, painful business. Asked any veteran journalists who have slogged in the field long enough, they will tell you that your news program or newspaper is only as good as yesterday’s headline. You find yourself working at breakneck pace daily, constantly at your toes to get that one elusive scoop or exclusive, only to be back to square one again the next day after the news go to print or on air. The cycle repeats. That’s why a movie like Morning Glory was really fun to watch for Rachel and I, laughing at some of the silliness and lighter sides in the news business.

The movie is pretty mainstream with a simple plot, gorgeous cast and a healthy dose of humour. I am sure most movie-goers will enjoy Morning Glory too. It is now showing in Singapore cinemas. Do catch it. 🙂

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Synopsis:

From director Roger Michell (”Notting Hill,” “Venus”), producer J.J. Abrams (”Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Star Trek”), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (”The Devil Wears Prada,” “27 Dresses”), comes “Morning Glory,” a new romantic comedy set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

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