Thursday, August 26, 2010
Review: The Karate Kid
Directed by: Harald Swart
Staring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
Released: 11 June 2010
Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could have been the most popular kid in Detroit but this was not going to happen cos of his mother's career move to China. While schooling in China, he got attracted to Mei Ying a fellow classmate but cultural differences made it hard for both to get along. His attraction with this girl made him a target of the class bully, Cheng. As a foreigner, he has nowhere to run until Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) the maintenance man came to his aid.
Skeptical at first about this remake because anyone who has seen the 1984 original would know it is a classic that shouldn't be touched.But at the end of the day, i was surprised they really pulled this off nicely. from the very wonderful cinematography which revealed a lot about the beauty of China, to the change of scenery which enhances the storyline and gets the viewer fully immersed in it.
Credit should be given to Jackie Chan who was a delight to watch in this unsual gentle and serious role given to him. And also Jaden Smith who was so charming.
As good as the movie is there were some overdone stuff such as the violence displayed by the other kids and their coach which i would consider as excessive. The whole love one tin tin stuff i feel was a bit over the top most especially when one consider the kid's age and all ... Even some martial arts hardknocks would argue what the film displayed was kung-fu and not karate blah blah blah! but eh! who cares......
This is a must-watch if you were a fan of the original version and am sure Jaden will make a lot of new fans with this one. That boy is surely growing to become a superstar like his father cos i really enjoyed it! Am sure it will get a sequel just like the original which would be worth watching out for.
So in my scoresheet the Karate Kid gets 7/10!!!