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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Morning Glory

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An up-and-coming morning show producer (Rachel McAdams) gets hired way out of her league on a show that's tanking in the ratings, has a majority of difficult personalities working on it, and the morale of a prison camp.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, John Pankow, Matt Malloy, Ty Burrell, J. Elaine Marcos, Arden Myrin

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! It's predictable and fluffy, but considering its main point is to validate the very fluffiness we all seem to give our attention to when asked to choose between things that are mindless and things that are intellectual, it's almost impossible to judge it adversely for ultimately being trite.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Physical morning show comedy from a particularly untalented weather caster will have you belly laughing for a good minute and a half.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it might get you banging your head against a wall about how often Rachel McAdams' character purposely bangs her head against a wall, or her hand, or whatever may happen to be in her proximity. Personally, I haven't banged my head against a wall since I was 9, and I found out that Ronald Reagan had just won the Presidency. Shortly thereafter, I found out that banging your head against cement hurts, and when something has just made you feel bad, the bruises and scratches on your forehead will only make you feel worse. By the end of the movie, McAdams actually has a line of dialogue where she says, "I feel like I'm banging my head against the wall." Which for me only aggravated my aggravation, because as a nine-year-old I knew that yes, banging your head against the wall does make you feel like you're banging your head against the wall.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: This movie is being compared to an update of Broadcast News, which was nominated for 7 Academy Awards. But this movie is not Broadcast News, this movie is the fluffication of Broadcast News if you were to fast-forward Broadcast News 23 years into a future society where nobody has the intellectual capacity anymore to care about real news. Welcome to today, and just remember, when you choose to watch junk, you cause the ratings of junk to go up, which leads to being served more junk. But that's what you want, right?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The acting is the one aspect of this movie that truly is comparable to Broadcast News. Rachel McAdams has a scene where she goes from excited to depressed in one stagnant shot, and the only thing that changes on her entire smiling face are the tears that suddenly, almost imperceptibly show up in her eyes. Diane Keaton gets hotter and funnier with age. And I'm not mentioning Harrison Ford because I'm too busy wondering how a man who over-acts, under-acts, and has virtually no comic timing, has a career... Oh yeah, he was Han Solo, 33 years ago. Lucky for him.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: One shot, when she finds out she gets the job, is overly showy and obvious, but in the rest of the film, Roger Michell finds ways to work around difficult transitions and even add laughs.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Aline Brosh McKenna has a way of making it all look so easy. The dialogue is cute, though not often laugh out loud. The happy Hollywood ending, on the other hand, has a few elements to it that made me very uncomfortable about how things are going to be for these people about two months after the movie ends. Once you've seen it, let me know if you felt that, too.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Castor said...

Glad you liked it! Certainly a delightful little comedy that is worth rooting for.

Monique Elisabeth said...

I liked your review, too, and found it interesting that we both were so drawn to the word "fluffy."

Castor said...

"I don't use the word fluffy" ah! Also, you are right that the ending is a bit uncomfortable given how much of a jerk Mike is but it's a fairy tale so I don't think it's really an issue.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Yeah, I wasn't sure she made the right career choice in the end. But I was also concerned at the implication that Mike and Colleen were hooking up, because you know that in about 2 months, he's gonna piss her off, and they'll all be back to high tension on set when they break up.

Anonymous said...

thanks for humoring me by greenlighting it. based on your review, i'm thinking you were feeling a yellow...

Monique Elisabeth said...

Hahaha! It teeters between a weak green and a brilliant yellow, but sometimes you have to make a choice. You're welcome.

ArtsBeatLA said...

I'm glad you gave this one the 'green light'. I also enjoyed it.

JoeC said...

Harrison Ford has no sense of comic timing? Wha?

You have seen Star Wars, right (especially Empire)? His comic timing was perfect.

Perhaps a little dose of Indiana Jones (the 1st and 3rd, thank you). GREAT comic timing.

As for the rest of his stuff, trash away. But I saw him on Letterman recently (promoting this very movie, I believe) and he was very, very funny.

So take it back! :)

Monique said...

All the Harrison Ford movies you mention are from the 80s or before. That gives him a good 20-30 years of pot smoking between then and this movie, and perhaps is the best proof we have that marijuana slows your brain cells. Ergo, it is quite possible that he had comic timing 30 years ago, but doesn't have it now.