Rachel McAdams is on a role with Morning Glory. This movie was everything I was expecting plus a little more. We got a simple but interesting story, sprinkled with a great performance by McAdams all topped off with one of the weirdest roles by Harrison Ford. Call me crazy, but wasn’t this guy Indiana Jones at one point? Han Solo? Anyways, the movie really does work and I found it to be a breath of fresh air.
The story for Morning Glory is pretty basic, an over worked woman just got let go from the news station she worked with. So she immediately applies for jobs in the area and is picked up to be a producer for a show called Day Break. Now Day Break is losing ratings and needs someone to drastically change up the scene. In comes McAdams to save the day. The story from this point is pretty good. It’s predictable but fun. It hits a few bumps along the way, but by the end I found myself pleased.
Usually with this type of story it can get boring. You know where it’s going and you know how it’s going to end, but what makes this one different are the performances. The star of the show is McAdams. She really is growing on me. This movie proves again that she has what it takes for the leading role. She was able to show that person who is in love with their job more than anything else. I felt bad for her when things weren’t going her way, when she was trying her best and no matter the result something bad happened. She made me laugh whenever her and Ford would have a conflict. McAdams drives this movie and is the main reason I enjoyed it so much. That’s not to say that the co stars didn’t deliver. Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford share the news desk. The way they both hate each other is just classic. They bounce back and forth for the second half of the movie and I couldn’t stop laughing.
Originally, my only complaint against this movie was Harrison Ford, but as the movie went along I started to like his performance. He starts out acting like an old, grumpy man who doesn’t care about anything. His voice is so deep and raspy to the point where I could barely understand him. He sounded like he smoked several packs of cigarettes a day for the past twenty years, but as the movie went along he started to open up and give life to the character. By the time the movie was over he was cracking jokes left and right at Keaton and McAdams, odd for Ford but not necessarily bad.
Overall, Morning Glory really was a good movie. The performances are what drive the film and make it worth watching. The story isn’t anything new, but it’s fun to see this type of film from time to time when filled in with the right actors. McAdam’s future is getting brighter and brighter with each film she’s in and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
Morning Glory – 7.5/10