I was extremely pissed off when Columbia Pictures went out and decided to remake one of my favorite childhood 80's films! I know many of you felt the same way. This is a film that didn't have to be remade, but the studio went ahead and did it anyway. I've been pretty vocal about my disapproval for this remake, but my one of my kids wanted to see it, so I gave in and took her. I have to say... I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
It in no way compares to the original Karate Kid movie, but I actually enjoyed watching the movie. I wasn't expecting what I saw. The acting and script were decent, the story was fun, and the Chinese setting was awesome. There were even a few little fun nods to the original film that I couldn't help but smirk at. There was also a heart and soul behind the film. I thought they did a great job building a strong relationship between Dre (Jaden Smith) and Mr. Han (Jackie Chan).
My favorite part of the movie was the fighting. Holy crap, this film had some great little fight sequences in it! I don't think I've ever seen kids at this age get involved in such hardcore brawls like this. These kids were ruthless when they attacked Dre (Jaden Smith), they really kicked his ass! My daughter was actually scared and covering her eyes when the kids in this film fought each other, it was actually pretty intense. I'm dead serious... it was brutal. The Chinese kids in the film were a bunch of little pricks.
So as it turned out, the film wasn't all that bad. I know some of you are still against watching it, but I suggest that if you haven't seen it yet, give it a chance. I think like me you'll be you'll be surprised by how much you enjoy it. My biggest problem with the movie, was it shouldn't have been called The Karate Kid, because it was all about Kung Fu.
I now open up the discussion to you fine folks! If you've seen it, please let us know what you thought about it!