There are some films I will watch, regardless of the kind of film it is, just because of the actor who is starring in it. Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are two examples because they very rarely make a bad film. Jim Carrey is another because of how good he can be, even if he isn’t being wacky and crazy. Along the same lines is Will Smith, more because he is very cool and usually his roles reflect that too.
Other actors just don’t make films that frequently anymore that when they do star in one, it catches my attention. Harrison Ford is a legend. He played both Han Solo and Indiana Jones. When he stars in a film, I pay attention. That was part of the reason for watching Morning Glory.
It’s actually slightly more than just him starring in it. I saw the trailer for the film and his character just looked brilliant. His two biggest roles were characters that have a no-nonsense attitude to life and say how they feel. Put that kind of character in the right situation, you get someone who can be cutting and hilarious. Harrison Ford plays grumpy old man better than most.
So purely because of Harrison Ford and the appeal I got from his character in the trailer, I watched the romantic comedy Morning Glory. I don’t have anything against any genre of film. If its done well, any type of film can appeal to almost anyone. My favourite rom-com is probably Love Actually, because it’s a film that balances funny and romantic perfectly (it helps that its set around Christmas too). Morning Glory manages that balancing act very well, playing more on the comedy than the romance.
In fact, the film probably isn’t a romantic comedy but definitely has its foot in the “chick-flick” section. There is a lot about a woman struggling in a man’s world, taking her new role as breakfast television presenter by the horns and trying to work with two very difficult presenters.
It’s with the presenters, played by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, that the comedy lies. There is an element of Anchorman to their relationship, when Ron and Veronica insult each other over the credits, except this time its done live on air. Harrison Ford’s grumpy old man keeps the film interesting and ticking along.
There is a few generic, formulaic elements to the film. There has to be a bolt-on love story, the ending is the usual fluff you would expect from this kind of film, but there is also a lot to like about Morning Glory. The crazy suggestions for what to put on the air, the different features they put the roving reporter through and of course, the development of Harrison Ford’s character and the brilliant lines he gets to say.
It will never be the most memorable of films and its nowhere near the best movie of 2010 but considering Harrison Ford is being particularly picky with his film roles, seeing him play a character that comes very naturally, in an environment where he can be very funny, is well worth an hour and a half of your life.
Overall, Morning Glory is the Harrison Ford show. His interactions with every other character is why you should watch the movie. There are some very funny moments and it has an appealing story. It does eventually suffer from the usual clichés but it’s still worth sticking for, particularly because Ford is making films a lot less frequently.
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