The Karate Kid (2010)
In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China.
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Remake has new stars, new country, but same winning spirit.
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Rotten: The new Karate Kid runs with the original's underdog structure, mixed with on-screen fights and words of wisdom, but major changes rip the heart out of what was a touching coming-of-age journey anyone could relate to.
- Ben McEachen, Sunday Times (Australia), Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The common objection goes, why remake a classic film? It's never going to be as engaging as the original and it's a lazy way make a buck. You'll feel even more jaded when you realize the movie's producers, ber famous Hollywood couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, have cast their own son as the titular star. While it does''t hold up to the 80s coming-of-age story, the production's biggest twist is that it's surprisingly good. The cinematography features gorgeous scenery of China which adds some authenticity to the surroundings. The title is actually a misnomer since the competition is all about Kung Fu not Karate. But why is everyone so young? The chief bully looks like he's around 10. He's not threatening and has zero personality. Granted, Jackie Chan is excellent as a maintenance man who teaches martial arts. Jaden Smith gives a relaxed performance, but he's too overly confident for us to ever be worried for him. As a result, the drama isn't as powerful as it could have been. Padding the plot to a ridiculous 140 minutes is unnecessary torture.
- hobster1, Friday, December 3, 2010
A decent re-make that isn't an exact carbon copy, which is a good thing! I think setting this one in China was a good call, and what better master than Jackie Chan to teach him. Would have been nice if it was a bit shorter in length and a few more fight scenes at the tournament etc. However it is still a very enjoyable film.
- Deano78, Friday, November 26, 2010
Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Zhenwei Wang, Rongguang Yu, Zhensu Wu, Zhiheng Wang, Shi Jia L, Yi Zhao Director: Harald Zwart Summary: After moving to Beijing with his mother, Dre (Jaden Smith) falls prey to a bully, so he takes lessons from martial arts master Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) in this remake of The Karate Kid. While Mr. Han teaches Dre to defend himself, he also imparts some important life lessons. Meanwhile, Dre struggles with the unfamiliar language and cultural barriers he encounters in his new country. My Thoughts: "I am usually not a fan of films being remade, but I really enjoyed this one. It really felt like it's own film instead of a remake of the 1984's classic. It's funny, intense at times, and definitely entertaining. Jaden Smith has definitely got the same confidence on screen as his famous father, Will Smith. He was really good in his role as Dre Parker. Loved that Jackie Chan was cast as Mr. Han, he was fantastic in the role. I would like to see him in more dramatic roles like this. Just a great cast with some great acting. Zhenwei Wang was also impressive. A great family film."
- LWOODS04, Wednesday, November 24, 2010