Morning Glory: Cute, But Ultimately Mishandles Talented Cast

10 11 2010

Morning Glory teams up veteran actors Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford with young stars Rachel McAdams and Patrick Wilson. Here’s the breakdown:

Becky (McAdams) desperately needs a job. When the head of IBS news station (Jeff Goldblum) tasks her with reviving a dying morning show, she jumps at the opportunity. Becky sets out on a mission to keep Daybreak alive, but in order to succeed, she’ll have to enlist the help of veteran news anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford), deal with bitter anchor Colleen Peck (Keaton) and balance a budding romance with Adam (Wilson).

The Monkey: Morning Glory’s best asset is its cast. The mix of new and classic film stars gives the movie a broader appeal and the energy created by the characters onscreen in electric.

As always, Rachel McAdams proves she can own a film and carry it through; Becky is just different enough from McAdams’ other roles that we don’t feel we’ve seen it before, yet familiar enough to feel right at home. And while some may assume Morning Glory falls into the romantic/comedy category, I was pleasantly surprised to discover otherwise; the movie was more a story about priorities, especially in this crazy, financial and career oriented time we live in. Morning Glory asks the questions, “When does work come first? Does it ever? Should it ever? Where do you draw the line between personal and professional?” These questions are timely and relevant, and give the movie a central theme to stand on.

There were some truly hilarious moments in the movie, due in large part to Matt Malloy and his character Ernie Appleby, who is sent on crazy reporting stories in an effort to increase Daybreak’s ratings (think rollercoaster, skydiving, etc.).

The Weasel: While Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford were fun to watch, especially when they were given opportunities to play off each other, their talent was, for the most part, wasted. It’s as if the two actors were given one direction: “Act bitter and unhappy.” They certainly accomplished this, but with little gusto and few laughs. This monotony could have been fixed if there had been some kind of transformation or character development. But the change is too little, too late, for both Keaton and Ford, making their character arcs feel forced and insincere. Ford’s and Keaton’s roles were too big to be bit parts, and too static to be successful, fully rounded leads, leaving them in an uncomfortable middle ground that the story, and the audience, never really know what to do with.

Morning Glory is a cute movie that gives McAdams yet another opportunity to shine, but ultimately, is unsure how to successfully handle its talented cast.

3 Death Stars out of 5

What do you think? Did Morning Glory successfully deliver the story (sorry, couldn’t help throwing a rhyme in there)? Did you enjoy Keaton and Ford? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2 responses

13 11 2010
scarletsp1der

ha! I have to disagree with you on this one. I thought the talent was handled very well and accordingly. Especially when it came to Harrison Ford. He made the film! His “banter” wasn’t overly done and his story was told perfectly. He did have a character transformation and development that was seen as the movie transpired. As did McAdams. The only real loose end in this movie could possibly be the relationship btwn her and P. Wilson which seemed somewhat forced into the script.

that’s just my two cents worth though. Interestingly enough, this time around, we disagree! Nice post!

15 11 2010
Dustin

Thanks for the different perspective! I just thought Ford and Keaton were far too one-note for me to fully enjoy them. But I love McAdams and there were some truly funny moments – thanks for the comment!

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