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Movie Review: Karate Kid July 14, 2010

Posted by lisameesakasi in Movies, Reviews.
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As promised 2 posts ago, here is my review for Karate Kid.

It was a pretty good movie. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan did not disappoint. Smith reminded me so much of his father, and there were times during the movie when I just couldn’t get over how similar the two are. They look extremely similar and they act the same as well ;). Smith had this youthful innocence about him and had me smiling throughout the movie! Chan, on the other hand, took on a more serious and pessimistic character in this movie. It was unusual to see him so gloomy and not happy and funny, but he played his character quite well! When his back story was revealed, the only reason I didn’t cry was because I told myself that it was too early for tears… and because there was just too much light to do it without being noticed! 😉

The film provided a unique insight into the whole Modern China vs. Imperial China. You had the hustle and bustle of the city and the crowded streets of the suburbs contrasting with the quiet tranquility of the country and peacefulness of the old kung fu temples. Beijing National Stadium (2008 Olympics) vs. the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. It was truly beautiful. It was like a period-movie mixed with a modern city-based Chinese movie!

The 2010 Karate Kid is a remake of the 1984 classic and they both have many similarities (my mum assured me that they used the same moves in the finals!) but there were a few obvious differences. 2010 Karate Kid is based in Beijing, China, whereas 1984 Karate Kid was based in Los Angeles, USA. Also, there was a huge language barrier. In 1984’s movie, everything was in English, in the 2010 version there were plenty of conversations in Chinese. Another major difference is the fact that the protagonist in the 2010 film is learning Chinese kung fu as opposed to the Japanese (or Okinawa-ese, Okinawan?) karate.

What I also liked about the movie was the fact that the creators refrained from using American kids, instead, opting for Chinese children from China. For some reason it was refreshing to hear these kids speak with a thick Chinese accent instead of with an American one. It seems like they wanted the movie to seem as authentic and real as possible!

I recommend the movie. It was a great watch!

PS. (Spoiler alert) Wash on, Wash off, has become: Jacket on, Jacket off!

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1. Scott - August 25, 2010

BAD, and unneccesary remake!
WHY mess with a classic?
Karate, as Mr Miyagi pointedly pointed out is Okinawan too, not Chinese.
And Blacks going to China? Wouldn’t happen, and if so, then you’d see some racism!!!

lisameesakasi - August 30, 2010

Yes, just as I can clearly see the racism in your comment. Thank you for commenting.


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