Brian Watches 2 Movies; Loves One, The Other Not So Much
I had told you yesterday how Tuesday was movie day at my house. I picked up 2 new movies, ”Morning Glory” and “Country Strong”. I decided to go for the double feature. I started with “Morning Glory”, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams. I loved this movie! I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much since “It’s Complicated”. Rachel McAdams plays the producer of the lowest rated morning talk show on television and hires the team of Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, who just despise each other to try to boost the ratings. Their chemistry, or lack of, makes this so uncomfortably hilarious. Diane is just fantastic ,as always and Harrison plays the hard core Dan Rather type perfectly. There were so many funny scenes but I have to say that Matt Malloy who plays Ernie Appleby may have stole every scene he was in, be it getting tattooed live on the show, riding a roller coaster or whatever else they put this poor reporter through. From the first scene to the last I was thoroughly entertained. I highly recommend “Morning Glory” for a couple hours of smiles.
Later in the evening we popped in “Country Strong” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Gwyneth plays an alcoholic country singer and Tim is her manager husband. While both of them did great jobs acting, there was nothing to like about any of the characters. I could not find myself cheering for any of them. It was a bunch of pathetic people in pathetic situations, not much of a story, ok music and just depressing. Leighton Meester plays new country singer Chiles Stanton and may have been the one glimmer of good in the movie. Garrett Hedlund is okay as her nemesis who becomes her love interest, Beau Hutton, he was a country singer in the movie too but to be honest he sang kind of mush-mouthed and I could barley understand what he was singing. My wife liked the movie and gave it 4 out of 5 stars, I was bored, depressed and wanted my 2 hours back.
I highly recommend “Morning Glory” for laughs and “Country Strong” is worth a watch but keep a comic book handy to cheer up afterwards.