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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."
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…
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,…
Meh...my fondness for Jackie Chan out weighs my apathy for Jaden Smith.
Not great acting, with the exception of Jackie. And the score...wow...I normally don't notice, but when I do, it's usually bad. This was the worst!! Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Jay Sean, John Mayer, to name few, with proverbial icing on musical crap cake being Justin Bieber at the beginning of the credit roll.
Despite all of the bad, it did have some neat visuals like the temple at the top of the mountain and the stairs leading up to it. And the fighting is always fun to watch.
"Kung-fu is in everything."
It's not bad per se, just utterly pointless. But: Jackie Chan is an underrated dramatic performer, and I'm thankful to this movie for allowing him to demonstrate that.
I have no idea why we watched this. Maybe something to do with Kung-fu Panda, who knows.
This movie has a single token white kid. :D
Karate Kid (and no, I haven't seen the original) is a weird and dopey movie. The premise is dumb and flimsy, but a lot of interesting and compelling stuff sneaks in through the execution. The soundtrack is full of incongruous, kind of jarring pop songs, and it has whole montages that are quite blatant Chinese propaganda. Characters are magically transported to the Great Wall, go sightseeing to all the big new fancy buildings in Beijing, and even take a field trip to the Forbidden City. It's a weird and quirky but charming addition to…
Nostalgia for Mr Miaygi and Daniel-San runs high. I missed them a lot in this remake, but was gratified that this wasn't a by-the-numbers rehash. Apart from a couple of cheesy montage bits on the Great Wall and a silly mountain temple nod to Crouching Tiger mythology, the Beijing setting, culture-clash cliches, and change to "The Kung Fu Kid' really works. The acting of the Chinese kids is atrocious, but Jackie and Jaden make a decent double act - the former as solid and charming as always, the latter adequately dialing down his natural precociousness and arrogance. Flick is indulgently overlong - about 30 minutes so - and isn't as light or fun as the original, but it's almost as easy to care about the unconventional friendship this time. I missed "wax on, wax off" of course, but there's twist on the classic chopsticks-catch-fly bit early on in this remake that made me love it.
And this was a great pick for hungover the next day. Pretty, very very colourful. Simple. Chan and Smith are great, the Kung Fu is solid. The big screen cinematography made me smile, same as the gratuitous location shots.
How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real.
- Jaden Smith
Unlike a lot of people I actually had confidence in this movie I couldn't see Will Smith investing in a project without seeing something in it and I thought this movie was a great remake. Jaden Smith is someone I do feel sorry for because of what happened with After Earth and for being Will Smith's kid I do think he is talented and I hope he gets another chance to be in a movie to show what he showed in this movie.
I actually think this is a fantastic movie. Chan and Smith were great.
Des valeurs uniques véhiculées, un Jaden Smith extraordinaire, un Jackie Chan touchant, du rire, presque des larmes. Un grand film qui fait aimer le Kung Fu, la Chine et qui donne espoir.
La vie peut nous mettre au tapis, mais c’est à nous de choisir si l’on veut ou non se relever. Dre et Mr Han ont choisi. Et leur histoire est magnifique.
Better fight scenes than original, everything else was worse tho.
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