Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review: Morning Glory (2010)

After seeing Roger Michell's Morning Glory last night in a packed house at the Dallas Angelika, I can honestly say that it's a complete and utter turd. Jeff Wells, you can forget Broadcast News,  this isn't even The Devil Wears Prada - hell, it's not even Aaron Sorkin's smarmy, ill-fated TV series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." 
No, because to make that distinction, you'd be (wrongfully) suggesting that everyone and everything in Morning Glory isn't complete bullshit - a fantasyland girl-tackles-corporate America romantic comedy that's about as sweet and sugary as its fictional morning talk show "Daybreak". 
It's one of those films that less advocate and stingy film-goers will really dig because it's full of good-looking people and safe, on-the-rails character arcs that safely land home in the end, but anybody looking for some whole-grain fiber will be laughed at, derided and then handed a plate of donuts with extra glaze.
Rachel McAdams certainly cements her status as an adorable leading lady, but this is an empty, one-note performance of high-intensity workaholic peppiness that becomes grating after, well, the opening scene. 
And Michell, the director without a clue, never reels in the bat-shit insanity of the performances or the one-way convenience of Aline Brosh McKenna's tasteless script, which is essentially just a blatant rehash of her past work. (Hey, lets replace Meryl Streep with Harrison Ford and set it in the anything-goes hilarity of the network TV world!)
And that's the basic flow of this thing - tireless, energetic, rookie television producer (McAdams) trying to crack the egg that is the stuffy old journalist-turned-drunkard (Ford) all the while falling in love for the hunky co-worker (Patrick Wilson). Morning talk-shows have never been depicted so passionately - or so squeamishly. [C-]

1 comment:

  1. (shudder)

    I'm screening this on Monday but I'm not expecting it to be much more than some feel-good lighthearted crowd-pleaser. It seems like you were expecting a lot more than it being some fluffy and commercially appealing movie.