Ford and Keaton add a grin

2011-02-14 00:00

FROM Roger Michell, director of Notting Hill and Aline Brosh McKenna, the writer of The Devil Wears Prada, comes this comedy Morning Glory — but don’t let the success of those two great films fool you into thinking that their latest fare is in the same league.

Morning Glory tells the tale of Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams, The Notebook) who gets a job as an exe-cutive producer of the failing morning show Daybreak.

To boost the ratings she enlists Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a once upon a time great news reporter, to co-anchor with former beauty queen Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton).

Pomeroy, however, feels that the show’s content is beneath him and proves to be not very co-operative when the cameras roll.

While Becky tries to save the show with a plan that involves everything from rollercoasters to tattoos, she also has to keep her newfound relationship with Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson, Watchmen) from being destroyed by the demands of the job. That’s the sideshow at least.

At the core of Morning Glory is a young executive who brings out the softer side of an embittered man whose best has passed him by.

The premise, while filled with potential, has been ruined by a script that has been shallowly executed.

It leaves you hungry for more banter, more shocking things said on live television and more conflict.

The beginning drags and you get the feeling of a film that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.

The plot and character development is predictable and the cinematography is schizophrenic in that it is at times underplayed and at other times overly stylised to the point of being a perfume commercial.

There are, however, some wonderfully comic moments in this film, most coming from the hilarity that ensues from capturing the results of co-anchors that can’t stand each other working on a live show.

The weight of Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton inevitably adds some credibility to the film.

It’s a film whose title you will find hard to remember a year from now but when the credits rolled, I found I was smiling without realising it.

That’s got to mean something. ***

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