I waited a long time for the Karate Kid (2010) to come out. And
honestly, I expected the worse. When I first heard that they were
filming a remake of the classic I was disappointed. Most of the time
remakes aren’t as good as the original.
But I'm happy to admit that this wasn't the case here.
The highest marks I give The Karate Kid (2010) is for not trashing the original and putting it through a meat grinder.
fact, when I left the movie theater all the little kids were playing
Karate (umm, Kung Fu) in the parking lot and hitting and kicking each
I did the same exact thing with my friends after watching
the original. So that’s very good sign that the movie is well liked.
They didn’t trash the classic.
They kept with the plot
— It’s a winner (boy moves to new town with single mom, meets girl, has
a run in with martial arts trained bullies, eccentric Asian man saves
his rear, the bullies’ sifu/sensei is a jerk, eccentric Asian man
becomes a father figure and teaches him martial arts secrets, boy fights
bullies in a kung fu/karate tournament, uses fancy kick to win…)
The fight scenes in the tournament were awesome. Kung fu is more acrobatic and flashy than karate.
In The Karate Kid Jackie Chan has a semi-dramatic role (we get to see a different side of him).
The first fight scene with the bullies was killer.
Karate kid, Jaden Smith, is in great shape and is believable in his
Kung Fu moves. Although, in the original Karate Kid, Danial-san’s
awkwardness makes his character more human, don't you think?
The Not So Good:
Calling it The Karate Kid but putting the story in China with
Kung Fu is going to confuse even more non-martial artists that already
have trouble telling them apart. It's a personal pet-peeve of mine when
people don't get it right and this movie adds to the ignorance.
(However, I heard that in Asia it’s called the Kung Fu Kid.)
main bully in the movie is a little too young and small to pose a real
threat to Jackie Chan. It’s just not that believable. In the original
he's 16 or 17 years old, drives a car and has an adult body. Plus, I
think they were all bigger than Mr. Miagi.
The training scenes
lacked a little something. I can't place my finger on it. But they did
take advantage of all the eye candy China has to offer: ancient temples,
the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and more.
The beginning of the movie started a little slow.
In the advertising for the Karate Kid Jaden Smith’s name (the
actor who plays the Karate kid) appears before Jackie Chan’s name. I
know his parents (Will Smith) are big shots, but come on.
and the girl that plays his love interest, are twelve years old in the
movie (they can pass for nine). And in the film they share a kiss — on
the lips. Yuk! All the adults in the theater had a physical reaction
Bottom line, The Karate Kid (2010) is definitely worth watching,
especially if you have young ones. They will love it. I still hold the
original close to my heart. Today's kids may end up holding this version
close to theirs...
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