A surprisingly disjointed movie from one of the most promising directors in the UK (Neil Jordan), whose previous work had shown him to be a filmmaker with an impressive grasp of the medium--and one who refuses to be pegged. With HIGH SPIRITS, Jordan has again shifted gears and attempted an
old-fashioned haunted-house comedy-romance along the lines of THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1942) or THE CANTERVILLE GHOST (1944). The attempt is admirable, but the execution is noticeably sloppy--perhaps in part due to some last-minute tampering by the studio.
Peter Plunkett (Peter O'Toole) inherits the ancient Castle Plunkett--a huge, spooky, drafty, leaky Irish castle suffering...