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Wanderingshadow's Review of Casper

rated it: posted: Oct 13, 2008
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Casper is a film based on the old theatrical shorts produced by Famous Studios. The movie starts out with a widow inheriting
Whipstaff Manor, Casper's home. She doesn't care until she finds a note saying there's pirate treatsure there in the house's documents. The problem being that it's haunted. After an exorcist and ghostbuster failed to rid the house of ghosts, she calls Dr. Harvey, a ghost psychologist. Dr. Harvey's daughter, Kat, is unhappy about moving again and makes her Dad promise that they'll stay if he doesn't find what he's looking for.

The biggest problem with the film is the lack of focus. I think that they try to cover to explore to many subplots in the film, and as a result, don't cover any of them too well. The most glaring example I can think of is the scene's with Popular Girl (the one who offered to have the Halloween party at her place) and Boy Toy.This movie already has villains, move along.

As far as looks, this films is pretty good. I love the sets; they look exactly how I think a haunted mansion should look. Casper and his uncles look more or less like the one's from the Famous Studios shorts. The ghosts that show up later look a bit strange though.

In the end, I decided on two and half stars. It's better than fair, but it isn't quite good enough to warrant three stars, in my opinion.

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