Brad Silberling's film adaptation Of Casper the ghost - cartoon is harmless, entertaining and actually quite atmospheric at times. There is nothing that special in here that would make it nothing more than a ok adaptation, but it stands on its own.
While Bill Pullman is mostly on a autopilot for the whole running of this film, it is Christina Ricci who has the charisma and talent to make us care about the story. There is nice little role from Eric Idle to be seen here but mostly this is not a film of great dialogue or that memorable acting moments. This is a special effects filled journey through a haunted house and the secrets it hides.
While most of the CGI stuff feels dated and even clumsy at times, it still has this innocent old-school feeling around it. This is a well meaning story and it succeeds in entertaining younger and even little older audiences. Film's plot might be quite thin and has honestly many silly moments, and the screeplay is not the strongest element here even remotely.
Yes, it is childish, yes it is a bit all over theplace and yes it does not have that much of a story, but it is entertaining and has some funny moments in it too. Kids will possibly love it and find all that spooky stuff exciting to watch. I myself enjoyed Casper the film surprisingly much as i watched it. I can point out the weak spots in this film but in the end i think that it succeeds in where it is supposed in; to tell an entertaining old fashioned ghost story for the children.
Casper is a film that is produced by Steven Spielberg and there are certain echoes of his in the story and within some elements of the film. This is surprisingly succesfull adaptation.