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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

A decent role for Diane Keaton? Can this be true?

OK, I know this is a polarizing thing to say, but I’m a huge admirer of Diane Keaton. Yes, yes, I know her frequently ditzy delivery annoys a lot of people, and some of you say she’s always doing Annie Hall, but to all this I say nonsense. She’s that rarity: a truly original comedian (and yes, you naysayers can be grateful there’s just one of her) who’s capable of a beautiful dramatic turn now and again. See her in “Reds,” or “Shoot the Moon” or “Mrs. Soffel,” or “Marvin’s Room” — or, like I did accidentally on cable not long ago, watch how she steals your heart in “Crimes of the Heart,” playing a character who’s desperately yet hilariously hoping for one more chance at love.
Lately Keaton’s been slumming too often, in silly dreck like “Mad Money” or “Because I Said So,” so I’m delighted to see that she’s got a potentially decent project lined up. Variety reported today that she’ll join Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum and Rachel McAdams for the comedy “Morning Glory,” in which Keaton and Ford play a pair of feuding co-anchors on a morning talk show. Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”) will direct; Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote the sprightly screenplay for “The Devil Wears Prada,” wrote the screenplay. Could be fun.
And here’s Keaton as Annie Hall, singing “Seems Like Old Times,” just because I really love this scene. Her voice is so sweet and she’s acting all through the song, letting us see what a kick Annie’s getting from performing. And her final “thank you,” coming too quickly and too sardonically, is perfect; Annie’s still a self-conscious work in progress. Love it.

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