Blithe Spirit

Director: Edward Hall
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.0

Charles (Dan Stevens) is having trouble working on his screenplay (which is an adaptation of his own book), but when disgraced psychic Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) accidentally brings back his ex-wife Elvira (Leslie Mann), she helps him to work on his project (she was always the brains behind the operation) but also interferes with his marriage to Ruth (Isla Fisher).  The play this is based on, by Sir Noël Coward, is fun and snappy (I was fortune to see it performed locally by professionals years ago) but most of the "creative decisions" made here are misguided and definitely poor, methodically draining the wit out of it and turning it into a sitcom without canned crowd laughter.  There are three listed screenwriters - Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcraft - and they should have thought to hire their own medium to summon someone with talent and help them fix this.