Superhero films ? Ten a penny. Talking animals in CGI cartoons? Dozens of them. But a decent comedy showing in your local multiplex? Once in a blue moon.Fortunately, that sleeping satellite has risen, because here is MORNING GLORY. Rachel McAdams is the early show producer whose career unexpectedly gets the brakes applied when she’s made redundant. As one door closes, however, another opens and - bonus! - it’s as executive producer on one of New York’s morning TV shows. Problem is, it’s a show that’s struggling in the ratings and it’s McAdams’ job to turn it around...and fast. This means bringing on board respected-but-grumpy news reporter Harrison Ford and making his relationship with co-presenter Diane Keaton work both on and off screen. As well as this, she also has to find time for new boyfriend Patrick Wilson....
There’s a lot of reasons why MORNING GLORY turns out as successfully as it has. In no small part, it comes from Roger Michell’s sure direction; Michell knows the rom-com territory well - after all, he did direct NOTTING HILL. There’s a sharp script from Aline Brosh McKenna, with witty one-liners and likeable characters. There’s also a strong, believable ending - not always a given in films these days.
MORNING GLORY has a 12A certificate and opens in UK cinemas today.
Arguably the best thing about the film is its cast. Rachel McAdams, after her recent appearance in SHERLOCK HOLMES, shows again why she’s one of the rising actresses worth keeping an eye on. Harrison Ford is terrific as the hard-bitten hack forced to appear on morning TV and is given excellent support from a very game Diane Keaton. There’s also a nicely droll performance from Jeff Goldblum as McAdam’s new boss.