All this week and through Christmas, we’re presenting holiday programs at 7pm, and the one for this evening is something special for the centennial year of Benjamin Britten.
Film Review: Morning Glory
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Action star Harrison Ford finds himself in a woman’s film, and he doesn’t like it. His character in Morning Glory is Mike Pomeroy, a legendary TV network news anchor. He’s been fired and finds himself on a morning entertainment show called “Daybreak.” Pomeroy is a multi-award winning journalist who, after his firing, is still under contract at the “Daybreak” network, which is a program at the bottom, waaaaay at the bottom among network morning shows.
He refuses to do “fluff”, which is what the show really is about. New producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is struggling to build ratings before the show is canceled and they are all out of work. Apparently this show doesn’t do any hard news segments (as the real morning shows do). But Pomeroy, no matter whether he is right or at least partly right, is a total ass–arrogant and a snob.
Add Diane Keaton as the other anchor, a longtime morning show personality to the mix. She and Pomeroy simply don’t get along. They are from different worlds. It’s just one clash after another.
Joyce: While I personally don’t agree with the premise that morning shows should be strictly entertainment, it is with Becky’s hard work and creativity that she produces higher ratings with just that kind of show.
Rico: Ford plays his role pretty much one note, as is his delivery. Poor McAdams is trying to make it work, but is paid little attention. Sadly, it’s not very funny. More like embarrassing for all. It might be an interesting premise, but the acting and personalities just don’t mesh.
Joyce: Well, Rico, here you and I very much disagree. Keaton is fine and funny and Ford is excellent as the mean and unhappy legend. It must have been a relief to play something other than a hero and he didn’t even have to do stunts. I thought it was good casting giving him a new opportunity and he lived up to it.