Morning Glory review (DVD)

Without doubt, Rachel McAdams is the best thing in Morning Glory. That isn't meant as a slight to her co-stars, instead it means she finally breaks out of her supporting roles and gets to carry a movie. She is the heart and soul of this romcom and she carries it with aplomb.

McAdams plays Becky, a breakfast TV producer who lives and breathes her job, which of course leaves no time for a personal life. Then she gets fired from her job in New Jersey and begins a desparate search for something new. She bombards various TV stations with calls and emails and after a pretty disastorous interview with network executive Jerry Barnes (Goldblum) Becky gets hired as producer for struggling New York breakfast show Daybreak (cue unintentional comparisons with ITV's morning show).

So now she has to make her mark with a show that's been ignored by its network and faces being taken off air and replaced by game shows. On her first day on the job she meets veteran journalist Mike Pomeroy (Ford) and, by using a clause in his contract, installs him as co-anchor with breakfast-stalwart Colleen Peck (Keaton). Of course, he's far from happy at being reduced to cooking segments and hankers after a "proper news story".

As I said, McAdams is the real star of this film. She provides Becky with a real likeability, you want her to succeed. Ford shows yet again he can play the curmudgeonly grump (although it feels to me he's played the same role in quite a few of his recent films), providing a good foil to Becky's perkiness. I felt Keaton was a bit under-used, although she does have great chemistry with Ford. There's a lovely scene where the two presenters get into a verbal fight over who gets to say goodbye at the end of their first show together. Wilson is McAdams' love interest, again I kept expecting his role to get a bit bigger and a quick mention for Pankow as Becky's assistant producer, last seen in Showtime/BBC2's terrific Episodes.

The story twists and turns a bit. Shame they signpost the ending quite to early, but overall I found this very likeable. It's probably not going to be the best romcom we see this year, but McAdams deserves kudos for holding her own (and more) alongside Ford and Keaton.

EXTRAS ★★ An audio commentary with director Michell and writer McKenna, and a deleted scene

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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