by Rick Grant
In the whirlwind pace of television production, class A personality Becky (Rachel McAdam) is right at home. She’s scary smart and redefines multitasking. When she is hired to revive a sagging morning news show on the IBS Network, Becky plunges right into the fray.
Her boss, Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) tells her that the entire morning staff and anchors are demoralized by the low ratings and everyone hates each other. So, it’s not a vote of confidence. Furthermore, he tells her that if they can’t pick up the ratings soon, the program will be cancelled.
But for Becky, it’s a challenge to make changes to rev up the program and improve the ratings. Seething hatred is the only thing the two anchors Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) have in common as they try to look perky in the morning.
The aging star of yesterday’s serious style of news, Mike Pomeroy tells Becky he has won every award journalism has to offer including a Pulitzer and he wants to do serious news. Becky’s problem is getting Pomeroy to accept his role and help the program up its game. Clearly, entertainment has morphed into news a la “The Today Show.” And the Internet is taking over the printed word.
Thus, the only way she is going to survive is to up the ante on entertainment and get crazy bits on YouTube. So she sends out their goofy weather man to do wild and crazy stunts to capture viewers attention.
Rachel McAdam portrays Becky with inspired animated verve. Becky is wound tight and has not time for a social life until she meets Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson). They start out as sex buddies, but there may be more to it. Of course, Becky is focused on work and surviving as a producer.
Morning Glory is fast paced and funny as Becky pulls out the stops to save her show. Harrison Ford ges out of his comfort zone to pull off some hilarious comedy as Pomeroy. He seems to have a great time sending up today’s so called news shows.
It’s refreshing that the script played down Becky’s romance and focused on Becky’s mission impossible. The pace is fast and furious, like the real life news business. All told, this is a film worth seeing.
Morning Glory movie review
by Rick Grant