[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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."
IT'S NOT EVEN KARATE, YOU TWATS!
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,…
Jason Smith. Your father was good and you were better.
I have minor quibbles with this remake, and yet I still really enjoy it. The title alone is a misnomer.... our "hero", Dre, is in China... and he learns Kung Fu. Not Karate. So he is not The Karate Kid.
And the actress who plays Dre's mother really gets under my skin. Can't explain why, really.... she's just so unpleasant most of the time, getting all steamed up about the kid's jacket on the floor. C'mon, it's not the end of the world. Besides, Mr. Han will show Dre how it's done.
I guess there is such strong nostalgia for the original 80's film because those people were at just that right impressionable age. I thought the '84 movie was…
I will not bother in write a long review for this film. I will only say...When you put no heart or soul into a movie, you get crap movies like this. I willll gladly stick with the original and Pat Morita’s Miyagi.
I know! Let's make a movie about kids beating each other up who learn from an alcoholic, unassuming mentor. The main kid will be a fish out of water kind of guy and be in a land who he'd never been in before to start fighting. Let's call it the Hunger Games.
Or, even better! That land will be China, where "everyone knows Kung-Fu". And then...how about let's have the event be televised and played in dramatic slow-motion, and not even say anything about how if the fights were posted on youtube it would unearth a huge human rights scandal. That kid's mom, she must get a real KICK out of seeing her kid get beat up until his leg…
...an incredibly entertaining juvenile martial arts film full of spirit and humor.
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What I got to say about "The Karate Kid" is a good action/martial arts movie. The performances by the whole cast is good. The directing is good. The screenplay is great. "I have to report that "The Karate Kid" maybe a remake of the 1984 movie, but this one show that anyone can and will fight for justice of your talent.
This really should have been called Kung Fu Kid. On holiday and it was on tv. I accutally didn't hate it and I thought I was going to. A little werid (for me at least) that they made this a vehicle for Jayden Smith. He is just so tiny. Which, I guess is the point - Napolean complex and all. Plus I still have the 84 version in my head.
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