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3.0 out of 5 stars No "Wax On" Or "Crane Kick" However...., 7 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Karate Kid [Blu-ray] [2011] (Blu-ray)
Following on the recent trend of re-booting and remaking classic films for a modern, more seasoned audience and generation, there is the risk of it not working or working. Thankfully, this does work in capturing the spirit of what made John G. Avildsen’s 1984 offering so charming and in touch with society. The story of the young, isolated teenager picked on by bullies manages to rise up and take on the thugs and win! The ultimate feel-good film for many others in a similar situation. It’s exactly the same here, except set in China rather than America. There are funny moments, emotional moments and well-staged fight scenes.

The downside is that the age gap between Dre and his co-stars is too small to be really believable. He’s too young to go through the ups and downs of emotional heartbreak and feel that the whole world is on him. Daniel LaRusso, the “first” Karate Kid, was 24 when he battled for love and honour, and it felt real. Because Dre is 12 here, it all feels very “school-yard bully” based with nothing else at stake rather than a beating after classes. There would be room for so much more if they were old enough to tackle more sensitive subjects relating to this issue.

Thankfully, it’s not a major flaw and can be over-looked. Smith and Chan have a perfect partnership as the street-wise Afro-American youth mixing with the world-weary Chinese janitor working towards a common goal. It shows that no culture and no age can blur the lines between learning to stand up for yourself; to believe in yourself and defend yourself. It’s these touching and funny moments they both share that really root the film and keep it real and emotional, with a visible strain put on Smith as he suffers many scuffles and scrapes along the way. A great turn from them both.

A very faithful remake set in a new era of expectation, but with the story sticking to the humane side of action and drama, this is a knockout.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2015 18:33:41 BDT
Denny P says:
Couldn't agree more with this review. I loved the film but believe it would have been perfect had Smith waited 3 or 4 years to make it. He's far to young to believably experience the emotional issues in the storyline.
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