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A movie released on Nov. 12, 2010

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A Mild Morning

  • Nov 12, 2010
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Directed by Roger Michell
Starring Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Harrison Ford
Mike Pomeroy: Half the people who watch your show lost the remote.  The other half is just waiting for their nurse to turn them over.
In MORNING GLORY, the darling Rachel McAdams plays Becky.  We all know Becky.  We don’t necessarily know her in real life because she I’m not convinced she actually exists anywhere other in Hollywood films.  Becky is married to her job as the executive producer of fourth place network morning show, “Daybreak”.  As queen worker bee, she has no time for a life, let alone any time for love.  We all know from the moment we meet her that she will inevitably find the balance in her life to live happily ever after, simultaneously providing a ripple effect of equilibrium to the people that surround her.  In real life, Becky works around the clock, has meaningless sex if she’s lucky and probably has to take a multitude of medications to keep up the pace she has to in order to maintain her “life”.  That would be way too depressing for a romantic comedy though.
MORNING GLORY may not be grounded in anything other than a clichéd perspective on life but director, Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL) still manages to pull enough genuine emotion from his cast to make the experience pretty pleasant and often pretty funny.  McAdams is the center, a 28-year-old who must choose between her dreams and reality (28 is apparently cut off age for chasing dreams).  Her effortless charm propels her through countless difficult situations but you can tell she can feel the sting of failure catching up behind her and pushing her forward at the same time.  Her morning show anchors are played by legends, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford.  Keaton is sadly underused but looks to be having a blast whenever on screen.  As for Ford, it was refreshing to see him look like he’s trying for a change.  As former trusted news anchor and current unemployed curmudgeon, Mike Pomeroy, Ford’s cold exterior and antagonizing delivery could not be better suited.  By the time he has to show a little heart (c’mon, you knew he would!), it practically feels like it could change the world.
I would like someone to answer this question for me.  When is Patrick Wilson going to just waltz into my empty elevator on one of the worst days of my life like he does for Becky?  I would settle for someone who isn’t Wilson but is equally attractive.  The truth is though that, while life doesn’t work this way necessarily, people do still find happiness by searching, hoping and never giving up.  It’s just a lot easier for them to find it when there is a director behind a camera making sure that all the missing pieces are waiting to be found in plain sight. 

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November 21, 2010
I don't know about the movie, but you certainly are funny enough :D
November 21, 2010
Thanks! The best word to describe this movie is "cute". If that's what you're in the mood for, that's what you'll get.
November 21, 2010
I'll see it on DVD instead. The few advantage of living in China is to get the new films on DVD a week or so after it's released in the cinema! ;-) Are you enjoying the winter in Toronto?
November 13, 2010
I love Rachel McAdams but I dunno--maybe I'll see this on dvd or BD.
November 13, 2010
You can definitely wait on this. No need to rush.
More Morning Glory (2010) reviews
review by . May 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Morning Glory is a love story from the production world dedicated to the city of New York. It shows all of the things that those of us who eat, breath, and sleep production deal with every time we are on set. The things that make us "production", from the things that lift us up to the things that tear us down. Set in one of the production capitals of the world, Morning Glory tells story with a girls dream and desire to make it in the morning news world. For me, New York eventually …
review by . August 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Imagine the old Mary Tyler Moore television show with a glossy remake and you've got an idea of what to expect from Morning Glory. Rachel McAdams plays Becky, and this girl has grit and moxie and perk, and boy does that grate the cranky settled folks at a dying morning show. Through pure heart and the aforementioned moxie, things change...but for the good or the bad? That is the question. Family friendliness?  A couple iffy PG scenes, a few words (including one or two F Bombs), …
review by . November 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It isn’t often you see a film in which every actor is painfully misdirected. Rachel McAdams performs most of “Morning Glory” as if she were a little girl on a bad sugar high, always with the anxious babbling and the perky expressions and the neurotic enthusiasm she brings to her situation, which is itself so horribly contrived that it doesn’t belong in a movie so much as it does on a sitcom. Harrison Ford, an accomplished actor if ever there was one, delivers every line like …
Quick Tip by . March 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Honestly, I wasn't expecting much when I rented this film and I didn't get much out of it either. It had strong potential to bring forth several themes of woman empowerment and how the internet and social networking had influenced the news media but it misses on everything. It instead goes into the stereotypical story of a woman whose career is her life and her interactions with the 'old guard' played by Harrison Ford. It is just downright predictable and the narrative falls flat …
Quick Tip by . March 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I like it! It has enough comedy, drama and entertaining conversations. Good casting too!
review by . November 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      0 Walking out of the new Rachel McAdams comedy “Morning Glory” with a frown on your face, saying you hated the film, is the journalistic equivalent of punching a puppy in the face. I’m not talking about a gentle shove or a thump between the eyes, I’m talking about a full-power punch right between the eyes. Now while that’s a blunt analogy, I feel like it’s a great description for how loveable this film really is. Backed by some solid …
Quick Tip by . November 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Morning Glory was predictable but still worth seeing. I tend to favor more unconventional stories with surprise endings but I also enjoy a no brainer like Morning Glory on occasion. Loved the cast ... it was a feel good easy to watch movie
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Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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Morning Glory is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell, produced by J.J. Abramsand written by Aline Brosh McKenna.[3] It stars Rachel McAdamsHarrison FordDiane KeatonPatrick Wilsonand Jeff Goldblum. After some delays, the film was released on November 10, 2010.
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