Thursday, August 18, 2011

Morning Glory [2010]

Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel McAdams ♥, Patrick Wilson, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Rating: General
Comment: "Very very charming, although didn't quite live up to its potential..."

Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) had just faced the biggest disappointment in her career as a news producer, she was laid off her job when she was expecting to be promoted. Undeterred, she sent out resumes to various other TV stations before finally landing a job at a struggling network, Daybreak. However, she was tasked with a seemingly impossible task; to bring up the ratings of the show while being the only one who takes it seriously.

What to Expect
1. Rachel McAdams being cutesy
2. A movie for a lazy afternoon
3. A little derivative

What NOT to Expect
1. An in-depth look at the behind the scenes of a network television
2. A Katherine Heigl movie

To be completely honest, the main reason that I thought of watching this movie was due to one reason and one reason alone; I wanted to see Rachel McAdams smile, the smile that can brighten up any situation. Period. Of course, I can't say I got more than what I bargained for because this movie might have been less charming if it weren't for McAdams being in the starring role.

But this is a feel-good movie, the kind ideal for watching while laying back on a lazy afternoon.

Think of No Reservations [2007] starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart and you might get some idea of what kind of atmosphere to expect. The only difference here is that there isn't much of Romantic comedy going on, and I feel it's a little important to stress this out.

Think of every Katherine Heigl movie and notice how they all begin and end the exact same way. She will start off being this obnoxious and klutzy career woman and by the end of the movie, she will realise that she doesn't need a career, all that's been missing in her life is a man. I know plenty of ladies are into that kind of thing; a dashing asshole with a heart of gold. But if you ask me, it's just embarrassing for both genders.

Well, rest assured that there's none of that in this movie. Rachel McAdams played a lovely, cutesy and clumsy character, but she wasn't Bella Swan, not by a loooooooong shot.

But there really isn't much else you can expect from this movie. Even though the premise revolved around the on-goings behind a network television, it wasn't so much about giving a commentary about TV journalism. But I wouldn't write that off as a bad thing, because the setting only served as the background for the character Becky.

Anyway, reading too much into it would beat the purpose because this is a lighthearted drama that you would only want to see once. But that one time you watch it will be an hour and forty minutes well spent.


Zulfahmi said...

I love this movie...
Simply because of the positive vibe it gives

But my girl doesn't like it...
She said it's just ordinary... nothing special

FiSh said...

well i think this movie is so-so only..hmm.


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