Wake up to Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams is on sparkling form in Roger Michell’s glorious romantic comedy Morning Glory.

Feeling in a romantic comedy mood, I thought I’d try out a recent release and I so have to tell you about it! I obviously don’t see things in quite the same way as certain other movie critics do, because the glorious Morning Glory doesn’t seem to have been really lauded on its release earlier this year but I found it utterly winning. Director Roger Michell certainly knows how to put together a top class romantic comedy, because he made of one of the best in Notting Hill and here he has again, a good set up, a terrifically witty script and a bunch of great actors.

Morning Glory_Patrick Wilson and Rachel McAdamsI’m not sure enough praise has been heaped Rachel McAdams way in my opinion. From her fantastic and varied roles in movies so wildly different, including Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, State of Play (matching Russell Crowe step for step, which is no mean feat) and just recently Midnight in Paris, she has to be one of the most interesting actresses around.

Her performance here as the eager, always sunny and forever upbeat Becky Fuller (“I’m not gonna sing!”) is fabulous. Grabbing with both hands the Executive Producer job on Daybreak, the fourth place cable morning programme that nobody really takes notice of, we watch her battle and triumph in not only her professional life by rejuvenating the show but also in her pretty disastrous personal life, by bewitching the most gorgeously eligible guy for miles.

And if we’re talking praise, let’s throw some Patrick Wilson‘s way too, as he shows here how a beautifully simple and straightforward performance can light up the role of ‘the boyfriend’, appropriately called Adam. He’s McAdams’s equal in a male sense, being so stunning in diverse roles from Hard Candy, Little Children, Watchmen, Barry Munday to The A-Team (“Whoah, that’s awesome. It’s just like Call of Duty!”). What a team they make.

morning_glory_rachel_mcadams_diane_keaton_harrison_ford_slice.jpgSo who can keep these two on their toes, on camera and off? Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, that’s who. As the Daybreak co-anchors, the curmudgeonly veteran news reporter who’s now nowhere on anyone’s radar and the ex-beauty queen who’s been stuck with a series of dumber than dumb previous co-hosts, they bicker and ‘banter’ deliciously and provide the winning formula for the show’s success.

Add to that the glorious Jeff Goldblum, providing his trademark acidic wit as the network’s exec and a hilarious cameo from Ty Burrell as the anchor with the rather unusual hobby and you’ve got a pretty ace company to give you a sweet, romantic and funny movie. It all ends how it should but not before we’ve witnessed the re-birth of Ford’s Mike Pomeroy showing us what he does best – the unexpected, done his way of course, “and that’s what makes them… fluffy”. Ace.

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