Monday, July 12, 2010

Movie Review: The Karate Kid - PG

Instead of Daniel LaRusso and Mr Miyagi, this remake features Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and Mr. Han (Jackie Chan).    Dre's mother is transferred to China and Dre is thrust into a whole new world.  It isn't long before he runs into some bullies and gets on their wrong side because he makes friends with Meiying, a nice girl whose parents prefer Cheng, who happens to be the main bully.  Fortunately, Dre also meets Mr. Han, who begins teaching him kung fu.

I liked the uniqueness of the characters, especially Dre.  Jaden Smith has lots of charisma and personality.
The setting (it was filmed in Beijing, China) provided spectacular scenery such as the great wall of China, and added to the realism of the story.

Overall, I thought this version presented the story in a more plausible, realistic manner than the original, with the exception of the eye control stuff.  I found that pretty hard to swallow.   
Although the final fight scene was well choreographed, it did not achieve the same level of drama as the original.

I found no objectionable content.

A good movie worth seeing.  You will definitely be entertained.

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