Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekend Movie Suggestions, or Haunted Hijinks with Grungy Christina Ricci in Casper

Christina Ricci’s most famous role to date being Wednesday Addams, it seemed natural to cast her in Casper (1995), a remake of the 50’s comic and cartoon.  She plays Kat Harvey, a precocious, self-assured teen moves to Whipstaff Manor in Friendship, Maine.  Her technical level of professionalism as an actor is impressive and a little scary considering her youth and it’s worth watching if only for the free acting lessons.  Whipstaff Manor is of course the home of Casper and his three wiseguy ghost uncles, Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso.
Casper, as voiced by Malachai Pearson, is a very friendly ghost, and the CGI character interacts with the human actors in a far more organic and intimate way than Jar Jar ever did.  He’s translucent; the technology is reminiscent of Slimer from Ghostbusters (1984) and very close to the original illustrations.  The entire conceit works because the filmmakers weren’t going for realism and this is essentially a lighthearted kids comedy set in a haunted house. 
There are cameos galore by Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson, Ben Stein, Don Kassir as the Cryptkeeper, Don Novello, aka Father Guido Sarducci as an exorcist and also Dan Akroyd in full Ghostbusters wardrobe.  The movie is far more successful than Eddie Murphy’s The Haunted Mansion (2003) or Tim Burton’s forgettable Dark Shadows remake (2012).


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