Synopsis: A boy moves to China with his mother and must learn karate to protect himself from bullies.
Release Date: June 11, 2010 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Drama, Action
You may have heard of a film called “The Karate Kid”. It was released in 1984 and starred a teenager by the name of Ralph Macchio. It has since become a treasured piece of film history. This is a re-make of that film. Not so much a re-imagining, but an almost true to story re-make that even with its slight differences offers very much of the same greatness the original did for audiences over 20 years ago. Set in China, this karate kid is actually learning kung fu. and is only 12 years old. Two points made very clear early on in the film. (Why then it is called “The Karate Kid” is a mystery besides the apparent desire to work off of a brand to get people in their seats, but we can let that slide). Regardless of the change from karate to kung fu the film holds true to its roots. It is about a boy in a new city who is trying to fit in but because of his friendship with a girl makes enemies. In order to protect himself from the bullies he learns what they already know very well, kung fu. Enter the weathered, broken, and funny older man who becomes not only his teacher but his closest friend. Their bond of friendship, loyalty and respect is a key ingredient in making a film such as this work. Thankfully, Jaden Smith (Dre) and Jackie Chan (Mr. Han) work perfectly together. Their tender moments bring a tear to your eye while the humorous ones a smile to your face. Throughout the film Jaden Smith (Dre) proves not only that his character possesses bravery, a strong will, and dedication but also that he, as an actor, is coming into his own. He takes on the role with great energy and most importantly, has the viewer cheering for him from start to finish. The film may lack momentum in the second act but by the end all is forgiven and forgotten as it is inspiring and emotional. “The Karate Kid” will always be the true underdog story. The new kid on the block proving himself; not through possessions or popularity but through determination and discipline. If this is the karate kid for a new generation then so be it; and may it be remembered by them as it was [and is] for so many before.
We are dealing with kung fu, romance, ancient Chinese mysticism, romance, and very mean bullies. It is only proper then that the music in the film be filled with an abundance of styles. You get John Mayer, AC/DC, Bach, random Rap and even a bit of Lady Gaga, among others. Put them all together and it makes for an excellent soundtrack that mimics the bridging of cultures while also improving each scene it plays in.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Harald ZwartKen StovitzJerry Weintraub
- Producer(s): Christopher MurpheyJackie Chan (Mr. Han)
- Screenwriter(s): Jaden Smith (Dre Parker)Taraji P. Henson (Sherry Parker)
- Cast: Joel NegronRoger PrattFrancois Seguin
- Cinematographer: James Horner
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- Country Of Origin: USAChina