Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: "Morning Glory" is Not Your Typical RomCom

In the mass of romantic comedies, there’s one film that’s been pegged as one, but really isn’t. That film is “Morning Glory” (2010) and I’m really excited to talk about it. Now there is a guy-meets-girl situation in the film, but the reason I’d never label it as rom-com is that the romance element could be removed and it wouldn’t hurt the film. It’s not ABOUT finding love, it’s a film about a woman trying to make it to where she wants to be in her career and the risks she takes to get there.

Also, the romance in the film is there to develop her character and bring out her insecurities about finding a guy who can accept how much she loves her work. It’s truly a character film, and it’s one of the funniest I’ve seen in the last few years.

The film was written by Aline Brosh McKenna, and seriously the writing is really great. The characters are wonderful and the overall story just shows the incredible work ethic women are capable of without losing their own identities. And as I said before, it’s really funny.

 Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Patrick Wilson also star in the film. Harrison Ford reprises his grumpy man role, but it suits the character and he does a great job being grumpy. Diane Keaton plays her best role since “Something’s Gotta Give” or maybe “Family Stone” but she wasn’t my favorite part of that movie. Oh, and Patrick Wilson flawlessly plays his part per usual.

The most important aspect of this film for me is that Rachel McAdams character, Becky, is the clumsy, sometimes awkward girl that so many books these days try to capture. However, in the books I’ve read the woman ends up changing by the end, as if who she was made her a weaker person. But in “Morning Glory” that part of her character never changes because it’s who she is. The reason she’s so loveable and real, is that she becomes stronger and successful without losing herself.

It might be that I work in the television industry that watching a film about a woman in the industry really inspires me, but I think it’s just a solid movie in general. It’s streaming on Netflix, you can probably find it On-Demand as well. I definitely recommend it.

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