Blithe Spirit (2020)

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Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth is doing her best to keep him focussed so they can fulfil her dream of leaving London for Hollywood. Charles’ quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira. Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household. Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another in this lethally hilarious comedy.



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iNews: “Fisher, a master of physical comedy, moves seamlessly from prim and proper housewife to boozy disgrace after Elvira spikes her drink, recalling her manic performance in Wedding Crashers.”

Entertainment Focus: “Firstly, let me say that the four leads are excellent, especially Isla Fisher as Charles’ highly-strung wife Ruth. Fisher has proven many times in her career that she’s adept at comedy and she simply lights up the screen here. The moment her character unwittingly gets high on amphetamines and dances in her under garments in the pool during a party is one of the best in the film. Dan Stevens almost matches Fisher’s energetic performance and he makes for a convincing hapless leading man, while Dame Judi Dench and Leslie Mann pull off their parts with gusto too. That’s what makes ‘Blithe Spirit’ such a frustrating watch. All of the elements are there and this should be a laugh-out-loud, excellent comedy. […] Interestingly the film starts to dip as soon as Fisher is off the screen so you wonder if swapping her and Mann around may have worked better.”

Indie Wire: “Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, and Leslie Mann are made for screwball silliness — perhaps someone will think to cast them in such a comedy, because Edward Hall’s limp remake hardly befits their talents. First, the good stuff: casting comedic gems like Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, and Leslie Mann in a screwball Noel Coward adaptation is an inspired idea. Now this is a trio of game performers who always seem keenly aware of what sort of film they’re in and how to best elevate it.”

Deadline: “Fisher is terrific as well, getting all the beats and rhythms of Ruth just right.”




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