How to describe “Blithe Spirit” A piece that changes genre more than you can count? Is it a comedy, a drama, a romance, a crime thriller? Is it art or is it exploitation? It’s actually all of the above.
Noel coward “Blithe Spirit” is a whole range of genres: a screwball comedy about paranormal activity disguised as a historical play. The play was performed several times in the West End and on Broadway and adapted as a musical (“Cockiness“) And shot as a film in 1945, directed by: David Lean. It’s a frizzy, fast-paced production that keeps making us laugh … until now.
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In this particular adaptation, the play starred with novelist Charles Condomine (Dan Stevens) who have difficulty writing a screenplay for his wife Ruth’s producer father (Isla Fisher). For reasons that are not entirely clear, they invite a spiritualist (Judi Dench) to her house to hold a seance. And voila! She conjures the spirit of Charles’ first wife, Elvira (Leslie Mann), who died in a car accident eight years earlier.
As in the play only
Charles can see Elvira even though she nicely proves her existence – and intent –
good despite being invisible. She drives Charles crazy with her creepy tricks
and insisting on being seen by him, destroying the garden and
Throw knives at the servants, along with a host of other pranks that would do that
Most people call 9-1-1 or Ghostbusters. But Charles needs her
and it’s obvious he still has feelings for the blonde bombshell with you
well-stocked wardrobe and well-read vocabulary.
This means trouble for Ruth, and supernatural abductions occur as she tries to win over her husband. During the short 90-minute run time director Edward Hall tinkers with the original dialogue and remains true to the most important plot points of Coward’s game. Screenwriters Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard, and Nick Moorcroft I took the bone-dry joke and pumped in extra sugar as well as some unnecessary preservatives. It’s like they thought Coward’s piece wasn’t good enough, so they had to modernize it with a ghostwriting subplot and a sentimental backstory that might have been written by Robert Zemeckis.
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“Blithe Spirit” has a lot in common with “Death is from her”: a love triangle, an immortal potion, a catfight for a man who isn’t worth his time (without Stevens’ good looks, Charles would be the last guy you’d want to date). The action and comedy are similarly clumsy too.
What’s so wrong with that?
a little easier, disposable humor than escape? If only the humor was humorous.
“Blithe Spirit” whips between slapstick material with a certain
Focus on invisible objects and make jokes about erectile dysfunction
neither cheerful nor funny. They just hang in the air like evil spirits.
The refusal to land on a consistent tone is the downfall of “Blithe Spirit,” which combines serious ideas about authorship with strange and peculiar jokes. Stupid, scary, supernatural comedy can be a difficult line, a line that “Blithe Spirit” doesn’t even bother with. It just blows the lineup. The whole thing is a wildly uneven, extremely repetitive mess that could have used a few paraphrases, as well as another look at the ingenious, genre-winning source material. [C-]
“Blithe Spirit” is now available in select theaters and VOD.