The Karate Kid

Went and saw the remake of the classic 1984 film.  This one stars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's son, Jaden, as the title character, and the story is set in China.  While there are certain things about the original film, and the leads, that I'll always find more endearing, and am not a fan of cinematic remakes, this film added some interesting new twists to the training and the relationships between the principals.  Jackie Chan plays the new mentor (an honor that went to Pat Morita in the 1984 original), and the martial arts study is Kung Fu, which is perplexing, since the title of the movie is KARATE kid, but Kung Fu is Jackie's specialty, so it seems the story was geared around his particular talents.  We have a zen square-off between a woman and a Cobra, which becomes the mantra of the Kid's mental discipline, and, instead of the classic Mr. Miagi "wax-on, wax-off" training technique, here Jackie employs "take jacket off, put it on, put it on the ground, hang it up" to train his young apprentice's muscles and reflexes.  There is also a new heating technique to soothe aching muscles, based on some types of ancient oils and a bunsen burner with a cotton ball.  Mr. Miagi's heating technique was simply rubbing his hands together vigorously.  And, of course, there is Jaden's black ethnicity to counter Ralph Macchio's Italian Kid.  Otherwise, the story is very much the same.  We even have similar dialogue ("no mercy").  Wasn't a complete waste of time and money, was enjoyable...just wish they'd revamped the story a bit.  Would've rather gone to see Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight and Day, but it had already started...some other time.

Replies

tikasiamese
tikasiamese

Yeah! I remember Karate Kid when I was in HS. I would like to see the movie glad you enjoyed it.
deleted_user
deleted_user

my cousin watched it twice.. i must watch this too... sooon........
koolman
koolman

Just pulled the original Karate Kid out of the DVD collection and watched it again...now THAT was a sweet movie! How the kid and Miagi bond is so touching.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Good movie review. Most of the time remakes are not as good as the original film. Sounds like this may be another one for the older generation. Maybe younger ones would like it.
koolman
koolman

Thanks, Ron! Well, since the kid is a kid, it has younger generation appeal as well. If they\'ve never seen the original, they won\'t remember the identical lines in the remake. I think the original is still a much better film. Had more personality! More sense of humor. Characters more clearly defined. But producer of the original Jerry Weintraub saw a buck, so made a practically identical remake (sigh). Oh well. It\'ll make a few extra bucks for him.