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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.
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.
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…
Not as good as original but enjoyable while it lasts.
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,…
Not as good as original but enjoyable while it lasts.
Any trepidation about this remake went right out the window. This film is awesome. Sure, I knew what each of the major plot points would be (why mess with a proven formula, right?), but Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Beijing setting, cute girlfriend and odious bullies - everything just clicked the way it should. Couldn't help getting swept up. Lots of heart.
I know this was a beat for beat remake, but I really enjoyed it! I might be in the minority here.
This film, for me, is a prime example of what is wrong with Holywood today. Instead of investing the $40 million this cost to make into 3 or 4 original films, they decide to badly remake an 80's classic thus risking scaring people's memories of the original.
The biggest problem with this film, and there are a few, is that they cast a young guy who just cannot act. Jaden Smith has proved in this film, and in After Earth, that neither of his parent's acting skills has been passed down to him. His performance here is so bad I found myself almost cheering his opponent in the final fight. Now I'm not saying that Ralph Macchio was the world's…
The most surprising thing about this film is that it's actually a Rush Hour prequel, which really emphasizes that Jackie Chan doesn't age.
I had assumed that it would be a poor remake of a film I watched when I was young, so I can't really recall in any way. Not remembering the original allowed me to enjoy this one more, and it general it was a fun film that I find it hard to be harsh on. It was feel good, with the relationship between Mr Han and Dre enjoyable and Taraji P Henson bringing in some laughs as Dre's mum.
Seeing After Earth before this gave me the wrong impression of Jaden Smith, who is good in the lead role here. I still don't think he was the bad thing about After Earth really, he just wasn't great either. Jackie Chan shines throughout, but the scene in the car obviously stands out.
The story is set in Beijing, China as opposed to the original being set in Los Angeles, California. Location really isn't important in these films though. It really does nothing more than set the backdrop to the story. However, what is important are the leading stars of the films. In the 1984 original, Ralph Macchio was a great choice for the role (originally called Daniel LaRusso). He had the handsome boy-next-door looks that really are important to make the character likeable. Macchio played the role with such honest kindness and natural charm that it was easy as a viewer to root for him all the way through. Predictably, the same cannot be said for Jaden Smith...
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The movie is not terrible (despite Jaden Smith's best efforts) it's just really unnecessary. It's like the made a check list of events (Major, Minor, un-needed) from the original and then re-filmed them.
Why watch this when you can just watch the original?
The only thing I like more in this one is that it takes place in China.
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…
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