Director: Roger Mitchell
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum & Ty Burrell
By Alex Towers
If your looking for a hard-hitting examination of the media’s descent into telegenic treacly sentiment Morning Glory isn’t the film for you. However if the idea of a turtlenecked Diane Keaton dropping beats with G-unit while a sulking Harrison Ford derisively shakes his head in disgust sounds amusing, you might find some enjoyment here.
Roger Mitchell’s lightweight film tells the story of Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) who takes an impossible job at deteriorating Morning Show “Daybreak” hosted by the professional Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and the perverted Paul McVee (Modern Family’s Ty Burrell). In an attempt to compete with The Today Show, Becky ropes in veteran News reported Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) to replace McVee and hopefully fix the show’s ever-worsening ratings.
Morning Glory just about manages to steer itself away from rom-com territory by focusing on Becky’s workload struggles. Casting McAdams was crucial though as it’s hard to imagine another actress pulling off Becky’s perky, shrill luminosity without it being annoying. Harrison Ford is also good value as the grumpy geezer who’s “too good for this shit” and Keaton shows she could easily fill in for Meredith Vieira. This all means that while Morning Glory is fluff, it’s entertaining fluff.
The Trailer for Morning Glory