Karate Kid Continues To Kick It Up A Notch!

REVIEWS | | September 30, 2010 at 12:05 am

You know why the original Karate Kid movies were successful? Well yes the the fight scenes were breathtaking but without the mental aspect it would have been a straight action movie. I watched, loyally, all the Karate Kid movies. I still remember the wax on wax off scene which imitated a tactic move that proved the winning formula for Ralph Machhio earlier. This time Jaden Smith plays the Karate Kid. After mom’s job in the car industry is hit in Detroit they pick up and move to China to restart their lives. If you ask me that really sounds like a far distance to go for a job, but then again I did that too. While my engineering does not compare with Kung Fu, I could totally imagine what moving to a new country makes one feel out of place – and I did not even have to deal with the language barrier.

Unhappy with his upheaval and sick of his mom’s incessant concern Dre manages to irk the local bully while vying for the affection for the pretty violinist. That would not be bad on its own except the opponent attends a fight school which focuses on mercilessly fighting. Ill equipped to deal with the barrage of beatings he is left miserable and constantly sore. When things reach a head and he is hit pretty severely the local maintenance man defends him. After seeing how how Mr Han manages to handle the group of boys without actually having to hit them he is intrigued. When both Dre and Mr. Han question the fight school’s ethics they are challenged to a fight tournament.

While watching the training sessions the scenes feel similar to the old movie. Except this time he does it with dropping his jacket on the floor and picking it up , Something that he had done earlier enough to frustrate his mom by leaving the jacket on the floor, but this time he learned defending skills as well. Hard work leads to him address his fears and make his mom proud. I feel like I am giving too much of the movie but you know what happens next. Jackie Chan delights but the kid felt much younger than previous actors playing the role, which was emphasized by him often watching Spongebob Squarepants in Chinese.

The message of Kung Fu being an art of defending and not fighting is a beautiful one. The strength on his nimble body is pretty clear as he develops muscles by doing simple actions repeatedly. I personally loved the “no bad guy” theme as his opponent accepts and even respects.

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