It’s dangerous territory remaking the 1984 cult classic that brought us “wax on, wax off.” The 2010 version of The Karate Kid is simply a remake of the original premise but set in a different location. The film is produced by Will Smith, and is directed by Harald Zwart.
In the film Jaden Smith stars in the the lead as a troubled youth named Dre who encounters a severe bully when he is forced to move overseas to China due to a job his mother played by Taraji P. Henson has to take. In order to stop getting beaten up he has to learn how to fight with martial arts master Mr. Han played by Jackie Chan.
So, is the remake worth it?
I’m the first person to say “never remake a classic” and as much as I would like to always be right, I had an amazing time. Without giving any plot points away, yes this film is very much a remake of the original with many throw backs to scenes you love, but it’s a successful remake for a new generation.
Many people questioned the age of the main character, in the original he was 16-17 years old, how much damage can a 10-year-old boy (played by a 11-year-old) do? The answer: A hell of a lot. These are not your average 10 year-olds. Gather ten of your biggest, baddest friends and one of these kids could kick all their asses within 15 seconds. As with any film, the key to a good action flick is a good villain and this one is filled with them.
Before the movie screening, Jaden accepted an award for his “breakthrough performance” in The Karate Kid, which was well deserved. Although the people presenting the honor appeared to be drunk and completely confused as to the fact that they were on stage in front of 1,000 people (luckily mama and papa Smith were there to give it some order), Jaden graciously accepted it by saying “my dad wrote me a speech with a whole lot of funny things in it, but I’m 11 and I’m nervous, so thank you!” and walked off. At least someone seemed to know why they were there!
Here’s the trailer…
The Karate Kid hits theaters on June 11, 2010. We’ll be back with a full review soon, I’m off to Kick-Ass!