So, in this Casper, there's no Wendy: After the passing of her father, a women named Carrigan gains the rights to Whipstaf Manor, a spooky old and colourful mansion which at first glance she just wants out of her life imagining what else she could've gotten from the benefit of his death until she finds out a treasure is in the house, but everyone who comes in gets spooked away; Carrigan gets the idea of calling in Dr. James Harvey, a ghost professor who is moving everywhere and drags his daughter Kathleen, or Kat, along for the ride. Kat is played by young Christinna Ricci, and after this and The Smurfs 2 where she voiced Vexy, I'm interested in what else she's been in front of the camera in. The thing is, Carrigan got the idea because Casper got the TV to give her the idea. Now that Kat and James live at a haunted Whipstaf Manor, what will Kat's life at school be like? How will she succumb to Casper and his three uncles?
For 1995, the CGI of Casper and the other ghosts are excellent and I bet there's some scientific reason Casper is plastic-wrap see-through when you look behind his face. Casper's uncles are hit-and-miss I think for most moviegoers; they're basically around to make you not scared of ghosts and more angry with them. Or you'll find them funny. I never actually knew Casper had uncles in the comic books so I guess I didn't expect it. I'm the type of moviegoer that enjoys when people get scared of simple things; it's always enjoyable to see what the filmmakers and actors can come up with. I mean, what's funnier than the Loch-ness Monster screaming and falling on his face? Casper also respects the prospect of death and raises the question; If someone you love dies, will you ever be able to see them again? Actually, there are several afterlife questions Casper brings up and director Brad Siberling clearly respects the issue. Kat's life at school and Whipstaf Manor is intriguing enough, though I can't help but wish it went on a little longer, the snobby girl Amber and the mild love interest Vick never getting enough development. I know what you're thinking: This is a movie with the Friendly Ghost's name, it's not about the side characters. Well, it's actually not a big critique from me, because when a movie I feel is too short and I want more, chances are I liked what I saw (except maybe the first Ben 10 movie, but oh well.) There is one moment where the film becomes a little too silly and toys with death a little too much that for the most part in the movie is forgiven, but at least the outcome gave me and the movie some harsh complications. Sad complications. And I think the best thing about Casper is the house, a house of mystery, bright lights, Smartie coloured decorations and walls, and secret passageways. Sadly, my parents never got out the drill.
In conclusion, Casper is a movie with a huge house and lots of screams with a cute ghost. What else could you be looking for?