Film Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory is an energetic and wonderfully upbeat movie. Director Roger Michell offers the right mix of comedy, drama and romance to make Morning Glory a highly entertaining film.

Hard-working morning television producer Becky Fuller dreams of working on the Today show. When she is fired from her current role, Becky applies for jobs tirelessly. When she is given the opportunity to work on a struggling network television breakfast show, she jumps at the chance. Becky has a trying time dealing with her hosts, however…

Aline Brosh McKenna’s script is excellent. The film is humorous throughout, yet the story still has real substance. The characters are well written, and their relationships appear genuine. The tone of Morning Glory is light; however the film is not mere fluff. There are moments of emotion and drama that work just as well as the frequent comedy.

One aspect that makes Morning Glory so likeable is the depiction of its protagonist Becky. She is a career-driven young woman whose hard work pays off. Morning Glory is closer to Working Girl than The Devil Wears Prada in this respect, even though Brosh McKenna also wrote the latter film’s screenplay. While Devil Wears Prada suggests there is a cost to forging ahead so strongly with your career, Morning Glory offers a more positive message akin to that of Working Girl. Becky does not have to give up on relationship or play dirty tricks to get ahead; her sheer determination allows her to succeed in all areas of her life.

Roger Michell directs Morning Glory with buoyancy, never allowing the pace to become stagnant. The film features a substantial amount of television footage of the show, which helps to underscore the contrast between the calm on screen and the manic of the backstage. Morning Glory wisely grounds itself in reality, in terms of television shows and personalities. Thus, the audience can draw on real parallels between the network and its real competitors. British viewers may say more than a little irony in the fact that the show is called ‘Daybreak’.

Rachel McAdams is bright and amiable as Becky. McAdams offers a formidable performance, and holds her own against heavyweights Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Ford seems to be having a lot of fun with Pomeroy’s grumpy man persona, while Keaton is perfectly cast as his co-host Colleen Peck. Matt Malloy stands out among the supporting cast as weatherman Ernie.

Morning Glory is a thoroughly enjoyable film. It doesn’t take it self too seriously either, judging by the fact that the network is called ‘IBS’. Perhaps the most amusing film released this month.