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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,…
The original got away with it because it was the original. It doesn't work as a remake very well. Some decent action scenes, and the bit at the temple on top of the mountain was incredible (except for when he sticks his head in the water- kind of ruins the holiness of the scene to that point). But overall, it doesn't shine a candle to the original.
Despite widespread cynicism about this remake, it was much better than it had any business being and than anyone seems to want to give it credit for.
The original movie is already pretty bad, this one is unfortunatelly even worse.
I needed this movie as much as I need an acute attack of diarrhea.
If learning Kung Fu (the movie is called KARATE kid, is it not?) was as easy as picking up a jacket, then I must of had a lousy Sensei in my days, because after about 3 years I only got to the blue belt.
Then again, I lack the enormous amount of talent Jaden 'Thank you mommy and daddy' Smith has.
Freaking waste of time.
7/10: Wonderful remake and better than my expectation. Jaden Smith is gonna be a star in the future, he just gets better and better.
My review -- this remake is now on DVD and the profit margin is mind-boggling it is standing at roughly $319 million. The plot is as follows, the audience relatively quickly understand that this family is moving from Detroit to Beijing, because this mother of this mother and son relationship has a new job in Beijing.. But they both quickly understand that life is completely different in Beijing in fact the son has a difficult time settling in until he meets a repairman by the name of Mr. Han. Now I have no problem saying this I am really truly not a fan of this modernized retelling, simply because of many, many reasons and to begin criticizing this film. I…
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.
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