Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #261 Morning Glory

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Movie #261 Morning Glory

(2010, US, d. Roger Michell)

Produced by J.J. Abrams and written by the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory feels a lot like its Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep counterpart, just set in a different industry. Switch the fashion world to the daytime news world, the evil Miranda for a grumpy old man and we basically have Morning Glory. That said, the film does still do a good job of feeling fresh. That’s helped in part by the lovely and always refreshing Rachel McAdams, who can turn even a boring line into something interesting. McAdams plays Becky Fuller, an aspiring morning show producer, who after being fired from a failing program is quickly bought up into another failing one. As she works harder and harder to revive the show with new faces, stories, and tones, her personal and professional lives come to a clash. Harrison Ford plays Mike Pomeroy, the veteran primetime TV news anchor who’s ashamed to be a part of the show, only agreeing because of a contractual obligation, and who butts heads with the up and coming Fuller. It is their dynamic that the film is about. And though that dynamic never comes close to capturing the love, hatred, and complexity that Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep shared in The Devil Wears Prada, it still does do a good job of covering their arc. It’s a fairly simple story, and one that is bolstered by the above-average writing of Aline Brosh McKenna. Though a huge underachiever, considering the producer and a cast that includes Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum, Morning Glory is a fun flick, perhaps a little more aimed at the female audience than the male one though.

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