HIGH SPIRITS (15)
D: Neil Jordan
Palace/Vision (Stephen Woolley & David
W: Neil Jordan
DP: Alex Thomson
Ed: Michael Bradsell
Mus: George Fenton
PD: Alex Furst
Peter O'Toole (Peter Plunkett), Steve Guttenberg (Jack),
Daryl Hannah (Mary Plunkett Brogan), Beverly D'Angelo (Sharon), Donal McCann (Eamon), Liz Smith (Mrs. Plunkett), Peter Gallagher (Brother Tony), Jennifer Tilly (Miranda), Liam Neeson (Martin
Brogan), Ray McAnally (Plunkett, Sr.)
Following a promising, quite funny opening 30 minutes, the
film descends into complete and utter chaos.
Peter O'Toole plays an Irish owner of a decripit castle
who decides the best way to attract tourists is by staging hauntings and ghostly goings on. However, when the castle's hotel rooms are fully booked by gawping American tourists, real spirits
emerge from the walls.
Veteran actor O'Toole tries his best, and gets all the
best lines in the script, but unfortunately he can't save the supernatural romance which the film becomes in the final act, with not a single tinge of comedy. Steve Guttenberg plays himself
and Daryl Hannah delivers an atrocious attempt at an Irish accent.
With the first act to the movie showing genuine promise,
director-writer Neil Jordan could perhaps have made this into a much better comedy/farce, but the finale makes it completely forgettable. It hasn't dated particularly well