Review: The karate kid

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The karate kid is an exciting, action packed, martial arts remake of the 1984 film with the same name, The Karate Kid.

The original Karate Kid was one of my favourite films ever, so the new one had a lot to live up to.

But they did it! It was amazing and I would recommend everyone to see it, it has funny parts, sad parts and sit at the edge of your seat parts. It was just one of those films I fell in love with and I want to see again.

Directed by Harald Zwarts and produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, it stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). The basic plot goes like this..
12 year old Dre Parker and his mother move from Detroit to Beijing to begin their new lives. Dre starts to crush on a young violinist, Mei Ying, but Cheng, an expert at kung fu, also likes her and tries to keep them apart by beating Dre, threatening and making a fool of him in and out of school.

Mr Han, the maintenance man from Dre’s building (who turns out to be a Kung fu expert), saves him from Cheng and his friends. Dre and Mr Han go to see Cheng’s teacher and attempt to make peace but come away with a slot in a kung fu tournament to challenge Cheng.

It’s a very enjoyable film, and I really enjoyed it, the fighting scenes were exciting and the new training techniques to replace those in the original film (wax on, wax off) are cool and the way he uses these techniques to fight. It is very similar to the original film but definitely worth a watch.

But don’t just take my word for it, go see it for yourself, I did and I enjoyed every minute of it! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Review: The karate kid”

  1. Anonymous says:

    great review – but shouldn’t they have called the film “the kung fu kid” ?

  2. WICIDeditor says:

    I heard this too and its put me off going to see it – I loved the original karate kid films and I have got them all on DVD – can anyone really beat Daniel Larusso?

    Great review though and I think I will have to go and see it now I have read this 🙂 and I do like Jackie Chan 🙂

  3. WICIDeditor says:

    Well, i’ve seen it and as a fan of the original film I must say I felt slightly let down! The lines were pretty much the same as the original and large parts of the film were skimmed over. It was a good film and Smith Jnr plays a good part and Jackie Chan is good as always – but why do these film companies feel the need to recreate the classics, when the classics are already the best they can get!

    I’d give it a 6/10 but I am biased!

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