The Karate Kid
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A more substantial criticism is that, because this is such a faithful remake, there isn't much it can do to surprise us. Anyone familiar with the 1984 film will know exactly how this new version will play out, from the main character's awkward arrival at the start to the climactic tournament at the end. There is a bit of an inconsistency; because it takes place in China, the featured martial art is kung fu, not karate, so the title is technically inaccurate. There's also the convenience of all the important characters being able to speak English, if not fluently, then just enough to get their point across. But it's all done so well that we may find ourselves suppressing the desire to look for flaws and make comparisons. What would be the point? Remake or not, this movie stands entirely on its own as a great entertainment, not just as a sports drama and a spectacle but also as a coming-of-age story, which is just as charming and insightful as it was twenty-six years ago.Read more ›
The results? A mixed bag. Since I generally prefer to judge a remake on its own merits and try to avoid making too many comparisons to the original, I was somewhat surprised that, after seeing Karate Kid 2010, ALL I was doing was making comparisons in my head - comparisons in which the new version kept coming up short. Annoyed with myself, I decided to watch the 1984 version again to make certain it wasn't just nostalgia that was coloring my opinion. So I re-watched. It wasn't just nostalgia - the original IS better.
The Karate Kid 1984 wasn't the best written or best acted film ever - or even of 1984. But it was very popular. Kids liked it. Their parents liked it. People saw it multiple times. They quoted from it ("wax on, wax off"). Some, including my own kids, still do. :-) Enrollment at karate schools across the country rose dramatically. What really came home to me during my back-to-back viewing of the two films is that the new version simply lacks much of the heart and most of the humor that formed the basis for that initial popularity. And both of those - the heart and the humor - came, IMO, from the wonderful relationship between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). While the plot of the remake closely follows the original, the new film never comes close to capturing the essence of that relationship and so failed to engage me in the same manner the original did.Read more ›
On the good side, the technology of today makes some of the scenes more realistic, especially the fights, but it still felt like something was missing in this movie when compared to the old one, as if they thought using today's technology would somehow make a better movie which seems to be a normal problem with modern remakes.
Jaden Smith does a decent job with the role, but it felt like the character was a little too young. Maybe that's because I grew up watching Daniel Larusso who was supposed to be about 17 or 18 in the original. The love story is better in the new movie and was mostly a afterthought in the original, as was Jaden's relationship with his mother compared to Daniel's. The original movie focused mostly on the main plot, while the new movie attempted to branch off a bit to get a little more involved with other characters.
Jackie Chan does a pretty good job with the part, but, again, it just cant compete with Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. The boy who plays the antagonist in this movie does a good job of making you hate him, similar to the original.
The only part of the movie that seemed to defy reality a bit was the final fight scene. When Daniel Larusso did the crane technique in the original movie it was believable, but when Jaden Smith does the complete flip to kick the other kid down I was thinking no way. It just wasn't believable to me.
This movie is worth seeing, but fans of the original will still walk away with a slightly sour taste afterwards.
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My son loves this movie.. it is so inspiring to him to never give up and to be brave.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Decent movie but doesn't do the original justice. The movie is to long and should've been played by a different actor. Wasn't feeling Will Smiths son as the main character. Read morePublished 20 days ago by James G Warlick, III
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|Languages and/or subtitles??||
No spanish subtitles, only englsh and french...
Dec 1, 2010 by M. H | See all 2 posts
|Only 2 discs for a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo?||
1 Disc is the Movie and All Special Features (Blu-Ray), the other is the DVD Movie & Digital Copy!
Oct 6, 2010 by Demonizer | See all 2 posts
ok... thats usual for amazon
Oct 4, 2010 by Samantha | See all 5 posts
I'm wondering why is the pre-order price so high?
Aug 24, 2010 by G.G. | See all 3 posts
|Hope some 1 remakes BB,MIB, & ID4 like a decade from now 2 payback W....||
Soooo...you want to teach people to not make terrible movies by...hoping people make more terrible movies? Yeah, that'll show 'em.
May 3, 2013 by R. Long | See all 2 posts