In “Morning Glory,” Rachel McAdams gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for. The rest of the film isn’t always up to her level, but it does provide genial entertainment until it runs out of steam.
A “Broadcast News”-type saga of life behind the camera on a struggling national morning news show based in Manhattan, “Morning Glory” starts beautifully and, though it doesn’t quite go the distance, it certainly has the credentials to do so.
The film’s script is by Aline Brosh McKenna, who charted a similar young-woman-on-the-rise trajectory in “The Devil Wears Prada.” The director is the under-appreciated Roger Michell, responsible for “Notting Hill,” “Venus” and the best of the Jane Austen films, 1995’s “Persuasion.” And McAdams’ costars, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, are not in need of further introduction.
Though the film’s advertising gives the impression that McAdams is one among equals, the reality is that this is her show. An actress who’s brought the great gift of coming completely alive on screen to films like “The Notebook,” “Wedding Crashers” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” she's never carried an entire film as completely and as easily as she does here.
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