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''Your the best around!''
on 29 October 2013
This 4-Disc DVD Boxed Set has all 4 Karate Kid movies.
The Karate Kid is by far one of the greatest and well known movies ever. It's powerful, funny and has a great storyline about a kid who is treated like an underdog, and it the end, he rises up to beat the odds. Simply put, The Karate Kid is a great movie, so great that is has actually formed 3 sequels. Although each of the 4 movies is actually weaker than it's preceding, the films are still all good in there own way.
The Karate Kid (1984)
So, the is where the series starts, where we get introduced to all the characters that form this series. It is an amazing movie. The film begins with a lad called Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who is moving to a new home in a new place of which at first he does not approve of. He is a karate player, at this point, no expert, as he has a fight with a bully named Johnny, and Johnny edges it. Daniel is later bullied by Johnny and and his friends. But the bullies are not the main villain, but there very aggressive and misunderstood Karate teacher, John Kreese (Martin Kove). Then introduced is my favourite character, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki ''Pat'' Morita). Why is he my favourite character? - Because, he is funny, wise and a great Karate expert, who is more than capable of defeating several opponents at once. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel develop a friendship. Mr. Miyagi enters Daniel into a tournament where he will have a showdown with the bullies, and in the 2-months they have, Mr. Miyagi teachers Daniel Karate and it's ture meanings to prepare him for the tournament. The film is overall amazing and ended well, falling nicely into the sequel.
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
The first sequel is not as good as the first film, but it was still enjoyable, and has a much different storyline to the first film. This continues exactly after the first movie, so it's beginning scene is the aftermath of the tournament. 6 months later, Daniel's mother goes on holiday for the summer, and Daniel stays with Miyagi while she is away. While she is away and Miyagi and Daniel go to Okinawa, where Miyagi once lived, they have returned because Miyagi's father is very ill. However, while they are there, they have more than just Miyagi's father to worry about. Daniel faces his next enemy's and meats his next friends, as does Miyagi, and the movie unfolds this storyline without being at all predicable or to fast paced. Good storyline, good humour, well written characters, an overall good film which was really enjoyable.
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
The 3rd movie of this series, set almost a year after the first movie, and continues from where the 2nd movie ended. It is not as good as either the first or the second movie and dropped it quality quite a lot. But none-the-less it is still a good sequel to The Karate Kid overall. John Kreese, having lost all of his students as they finally saw how wrong and horrible he has been, is heartbroken. He turns to an old friend, Terry Silver, who is also a extremely skilled in Karate. Together, they plan there sinister revenge on Miyagi and Daniel. They literally put all the business to one side for revenge! The movie is good, however, what let it down the most is that it is far to similar to the first movie. Although it has its differences to the first movie, the overall storyline is pretty much the same - Daniel gets beaten, Miyagi saves the day, Miyagi trains Daniel and then Daniel beats the bully at the end. So there is barely anything new here, it only has it's vague differences - Terry Silver, Mike Barnes is a much bigger challenge for Daniel than both of the previous bullies, but the overall plot is virtually the same. However, I did enjoy the movie at times, and there were moments of greatness within.
The Next Karate Kid (1994)
This was a big let-down and is the weakest of the series. This is not called ''The Karate Kid, Part IV'' because there is no Ralph Macchio; this does not tie with the preceding 3 films. Daniel is not seen in this movie, however, he is mentioned once by Miyagi, so there is at least reference to the first 3 movies. In this movie, Mr. Miyagi visits Boston, Massachusetts to see people who he had fought with in the 442nd, he visits Lousia Pierce (Constance Towers), who is the wife of one his friends he fought with. He also meats her granddaughter Julie (Hilary Swank), who is later introduced as the next Karate kid. Lousia travels to California for a couple of weeks while Miyagi stays with Julie. The movie just gets pathetic at times and there are so many cheesy moments within it. However, I did enjoy this momentarily, and I do have to give this some credit, but it is the weakest of all 4 films, and if it wasn't for Miyagi himself, I would not have enjoyed the film much at all.
So overall, two amazing movies and 2 mediocre movies have earnt ''The Karate Kid'' series a good title. They are all great movies one way or another.