Rated: PG Reviewed by: Nina Release date: June 11, 2010 Released by: Columbia TriStar
There are good things and bad things about remakes: one of the good things is that if the original movie was good, you already know you are going to enjoy it; and one of the bad things is that you already know what is going to happen, so why go see it? I never understand why they want to remake movies that were originally successful - but in this case I understand the reason being the young acting potential of Jaden Smith.
Jaden, the son of Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, shows his worth as a young actor in this remake of the original Karate Kid which seems to showcase his acting and karate training skills along with budding dramatic skills and of course the comedy licks he gets from his father. He is engaging and emotional and you actually root for him even though you already know he's going to win. He obviously does the training and fighting himself and the movie is better for it.
This remake gives a modern day twist on the original movie, we still have a young, displaced boy moving to China with his mother, played by Taraji Henson, and immediately thrust into an adversarial situation with a group of karate trained youths who pick him to beat up on. He is, of course, rescued by the handyman, thank goodness he name wasn't Miyagi, played a little stiffly by Jackie Chan. Both his acting and his karate sequences were a little stiff, perhaps the great Jackie Chan is starting to show his age.
Unfortunately, it's the same story just with different actors, but it's modernized and interesting to watch anyway, the scenery shots of China, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and the shots of the organized groups practicing karate and tai chi. The storyline and some of the dialog are exactly the same and of course he wins the match after being hurt badly but you still cheer when it's over. It's worthwhile for a rainy day matinee or DVD when it comes out to rent or buy.
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