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The Karate Kid
A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.
12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is a kung fu master. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
I finally watched the Karate Kid remake. I was very pleased to find out that it was the story all about how Jaden Smith's life got flipped turned upside down. You see, he was chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, shooting some b-ball outside of his school, when a couple of guys (who were up to no good) started making trouble in his neighbourhood. He got in one little fight, then his mum got scared, and said "You're gonna learn karate from the maintenance guy downstairs."
This film is amazing.
It takes a bad eighties martial arts kiddie film and manages to make it even worse.
Talent apparently skips a generation.
Well, he'll probably never be poor. But it's sad that he'll have to make buckets of money without any real talent.
How many American children can relate to the alienation of moving to China, getting beaten up and then training for gladiatorial-esque battles in which punching the other kid in the face earns you a point?
Probably every kid in America. Definitely every kid in America. Sure, everyone can relate to being bullied, that's normal, and that's somewhat something you can move with, but why does an American kid win against a bunch of Chinese kids at their own game? Not because he's any good. Nope. It's all because of the fact that the teacher of his rivals is a bit of a cunt. And Jackie Chan is a wise master of great skill and wisdom. Of course Jackie Chan is…
Can't review the new Kid without comparing it to the old Kid. New Kid seems more realistic and athletic....Old Kid was in his early 30s when he made the movie and weighed about 55 pounds. Old Kid Trainer was awesome and wax on wax off is classic. New Kid Trainer is good but jacket on jacket off did not work for me. Old Kid Bad Guys were vicious and easy to dislike. New Kid Bad Guys are mean but their teacher is the bad influence, otherwise they seem ok. Overall gotta give the edge to Old Kid...but New Kid is entertaining. Sounds like a review for Looper.
I don't understand why this film seems to get a lot of hate. While, it may not be as memorable as the original, and it is undeniably a bit overlong, this is still a very faithful, touching, and hugely entertaining remake. Jaden Smith is very solid, he's likeable and I always found myself rooting for him against these bullys. As good as he is though, Jackie Chan steals the show. Not only does Chan get to show off how great of an action star he is in the fight scenes, but he brings a surprisingly great emotional depth and dramatic crops to his performance especially in one particular scene. The fight scenes are really brutal especially for a PG movie,…
I'm sure everyone and their dog has asked this question, but seriously....
WHY IS IT CALLED THE KARATE KID IF HE IS NOT LEARNING KARATE?
This completely forgettable affair is just yet another reason why turning to remakes isn't a good idea.
Terrible. The only redeemable feature of this movie is that young Jaden is an attractive young lady and will no doubt blossom into a beautiful young woman... but she can't act, which is a big no-no for a, you know, actress. If her latest movie reviews are anything to go by she isn't getting any better.
This is a driving force for Chinese tourisms with them 'sneaking' in any number of Beijing tourists destinations. At no stage did they even attempt to explain why a poorly educated single mother from Detroit would pack up and move herself and her son to China... just to live in a Beijing slum.
The story is the same as the original but without the…
Right before this film came out in theaters, I watched the original for the first time ever to prepare for it. After the original ended, I was so happy with it that I had little faith that the remake would be nearly as good. I'm even happier to say that I believe this new version is slightly better. I know many will not agree, because they grew up on the original and it's such a major offense to challenge that nostalgia. I'm sorry. I didn't grow up with the original, and I like them both almost equally. I really felt the bond that developed between Dre Parker (Smith) and Mr. Han (Chan). Jackie Chan surprised me in this dramatic role.…
Why was this called the Karate Kid? He's doing Kung Fu.
It was actually better than I imagined. But still, way longer than it had any right to be, full of unnecessary scenes, not as much fighting as you'd hope, and not a lot of good use of Jackie Chan. Mainly, however, it doesn't have the magic of the original.
This pseudo-remake of The Karate Kid is really, really weird. There's a lot I could highlight here, but let's start with a single question: Who was this movie made for? The star and his peers would imply 12-year olds, the action scenes teenagers and the actual story-content filled with weird racist overtones and completely loopy life lessons the fans of Ruben Östlund. I honestly think all of these groups sort of exclude one another. Teenagers will feel uncomfortable at the image of their little brothers being beat to a pulp, the little kids will be disturbed by the weird story, and the adults will have a hard time swallowing the part in the story where 12-year olds have love scenes…
When a man (Jackie Chan) helps and little kid in a karate competition. I thought this remake was going to be terrible, but this movie was actually enjoyable.
Good flick. Nice character development, not rushed, reasonably credible, very good performances. The training sequences reference both the original Karate Kid and the sort of training sequences found in classic Hong Kong "Kung Fu Flicks". Pretty much the only things that bothered me were the aspects of the film obviously geared toward promoting and sanitizing China like: - The training travelogue to tourist destinations - The outdoor locations in the city which all looked like they'd just been hosed down and scrubbed - The lack of a single cigarette (even in the background) in a country where 25% of the population smokes and where smoking was not even prohibited in Elementary Schools until after the movie was released (news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-07/14/c_13399393.htm)
In deze remake van de originele Karate Kid uit 1984 speelt Jaden Smith de twaalfjarige Dre Parker, die met zijn gescheiden moeder van Detroit naar Beijing verhuist. Hij is een stoere knul met een grote mond en een klein hartje (die houding heeft Jaden waarschijnlijk van vader Will) en hij ontmoet al snel het meisje Meiying (Hen Wenwen). Zij is de reden dat Dre China wel ziet zitten.
Al snel raakt hij echter in gevecht met Cheng (Wang Zhenwei), een treiterkop van school. Het ventje lijkt vervuld met haat. Als Cheng met wat vrienden achter Dre aangaat om hem in elkaar te slaan, duikt ineens de klusjesman op van het appartement waar Dre met zijn moeder woont. Mr. Han (Jackie…
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