Saturday, March 26, 2011
About an hour ago, I finished watching "Morning Glory," which I Netflixed. Rent it. Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote "The Devil Wears Prada", "27 Dresses", "Laws of Attraction", and, very early on, "Three to Tango", finally wrote a decent, workable screenplay. There needs to be a lot more movies like this today: Funny, charming, and quietly dramatic. And finally, in Rachel McAdams, there's a potentially big star in a younger generation who can actually act. Harrison Ford is a bit of a different Harrison Ford here, and there's a big treat in seeing his news legend Mike Pomeroy holding court at the 21 Club with Chris Matthews, Bob Schieffer, and Morley Safer. It feels like major parts of the national news industry cooperated with this film, giving it everything it needed. And Don Roy King, the director of "Saturday Night Live", is in here, too, not only as director of Daybreak. He also served as second unit director and television consultant. See this. I don't think it'll be long into the film before you're rooting for McAdams' Becky Fuller to succeed, to make Daybreak rise again in the ratings, and to manage every single piece that makes this show what she wants it to be, including pushing Pomeroy as hard as she can push.