Today I saw an early showing of Morning Glory and thought it was a fantastic feel-good movie and the perfect way to start the day. Frankly I don't understand why it didn't do better at the box office.
Rachel McAdams is endearing as the plucky and likable young TV producer, 'Becky Fuller', who is given the chance to turn around an ailing breakfast show called 'Day Break'.
There's nothing overly complicated about the plot, but there's comedy, there's romance and there are great performances. Even though Diane Keaton doesn't really have much to do, she's still entertaining as the seasoned co-anchor of the morning show.
Patrick Wilson also provides some nice eye candy as Becky's love interest, but it really is Rachel McAdams film and he's just there to move the story along.
Ultimately it's light-hearted, frothy fun and the only real obstacle that stands in the way of Becky Fuller's success is the cranky, embittered old news journalist who has fallen from grace, played by Harrison Ford.
To be honest it's getting to be a habit to see him as this type of character, it was only early this year he played a crotchety research professor in Extraordinary Measures. He better watch he's not typecast in his golden days. Saying that, he's the perfect foil to Becky's optimism and can-do attitude. He wants to do serious news, she wants to do anything to increase the ratings and keep the breakfast show on the air.
There's nothing taxing about Morning Glory, but it's worth four **** stars for pure entertainment and feel-good value. I laughed especially hard when the weather man is put on the rollercoaster and thrown from a plane to help boost ratings, plus Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton's bickering jibes and put downs to each other are fun to watch.
Be sure to check out the original Morning Glory costumes worn by Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Patrick Wilson on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks cinema.
Morning Glory may not be a Love Actually, but it's the perfect film to lift your spirits on a cold, wet day snuggled up in front of the TV...