Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Release Date: November 10th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Director: Roger Michell
JJ Rating: B+
See it again: Yes.
Own it: Nah.
Recommend it to: Those that like Rachel McAdams and would like to see Harrison Ford in a roll that he actually does well.
Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) believes she’ll get a promotion only to be told she’s fired. Eventually she finds a lower paying job working for Day Break a morning show that is low on the ratings. On her first day, she fires the co-host, needs another man, and ends up trying to get a grumpy Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) to fill those shoes, but he’s a real newsman not a morning show host. Morning Glory.
The first half is slow build up to the quick emotional ride of the second half. The set up is slow and methodical more so than I particularly enjoy. I wanted it to just go. The second half had me laughing, thinking and enjoying.
Rachel McAdams is the star of the entire movie. She handled herself like a well-polished important cog that moved the film along. Even though the beginning meander a bit, she made it palatable. McAdams was the mustard on this ham sandwich. MmMMMmm. Harrison Ford as the grumpy, gruff, grouch Mike Pomeroy was a tremendous shift in how he’s been in other films. He fit in this role like Goldylocks butt fit in that baby bear’s chair…just right. Then there’s the wonderful Diane Keaton who mouthed a frog in an awkward manner and made me laugh. I love watching her act in many different roles. This one had her be a sharp, angry woman with a soft, smooth side. It was great fun watching her go from the bitter, angry woman who wanted more to the woman that knew how to have fun doing her job.
Morning Glory’s story had a theme that said, “Not everything goes according to plan. Sometimes the unplanned is better.” We get stuck on what we want out of life and it takes some of us a while to realize that what we want isn’t going to come in the form we expected. I liked that theme. It’s not bad to have dreams and aspirations; it’s bad to not realize when to shift your perception to see that what you have could fit that dream.
Lot’s of amusing scenes in Morning Glory. When they decide to put the weatherman in a rollercoaster, it was like watching that YouTube Video of the chubby kid falling out of his harness next to an oblivious woman.
Or this one:
Morning Glory is a fun movie with a serious theme that people actually deal with. People don’t deal with runaway trains or aliens with mouths like woman naughty bits. They deal with dreams that dissipate or dreams that take on new form and just need to be recognized. Moreover, it has the superwoman McAdams who rocks the film with her awesomeness…come on…what can be better than that? Don’t answer. Totally rhetorical.
I write like: Cory Doctorow