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    65%

Hello and Welcome Reviewers! This is a re-release review of the 2010 version of The Karate Kid.   Short Synopsis: Sherry (Henson), a single mother from Detroit, receives a job transfer  at her car factory and takes her 12 year-old son, Dre (Smith), with her to China. Dre is finding it hard to adjust to life in China and ends up becoming a target of a school bully. Surprisingly he gains help from the maintenance man, Han (Chan), in his path to overcoming his difficult adjustment to his surroundings.   This The Karate Kid movie review contains possible spoilers. You’ve been warned. ** Warning, Possible Spoilers!!!! **   The Good: This movie had a good cast. They all played well off of each other. You can find yourself connecting to this story and their world. They even had a few moments that made you think of the original Karate Kid. Jaden Smith gave a good performance as the Karate “Kung-Fu” kid. His growth within the movie made you believe he could be…

65%

65%

Hello and Welcome Reviewers!

This is a re-release review of the 2010 version of The Karate Kid.

 

Short Synopsis:

Sherry (Henson), a single mother from Detroit, receives a job transfer  at her car factory and takes her 12 year-old son, Dre (Smith), with her to China. Dre is finding it hard to adjust to life in China and ends up becoming a target of a school bully. Surprisingly he gains help from the maintenance man, Han (Chan), in his path to overcoming his difficult adjustment to his surroundings.

 

This The Karate Kid movie review contains possible spoilers. You’ve been warned.


** Warning, Possible Spoilers!!!! **

 

The Good:

This movie had a good cast. They all played well off of each other. You can find yourself connecting to this story and their world. They even had a few moments that made you think of the original Karate Kid.
  • Jaden Smith gave a good performance as the Karate “Kung-Fu” kid. His growth within the movie made you believe he could be a future action star. One of the best messages of this movie came when he gave the lines “Because I’m still scared. And no matter what happens, tonight, when I leave, I don’t want to be scared anymore.”(Quote off of IMDB.com)
  • Taraji P. Henson played a concerned mother. Each time she told Smith’s character to pick up his jacket I could understand her frustration. Everything about her portrayal as a single mother was top notch. You could see her concern when she found out Smith’s character had a black eye.
  • Jackie Chan did an amazing job. He played as a great mentor and delivered perfectly with his comic relief.

The Bad: 

Given that they landed the extremely talented Jackie Chan in this movie they didn’t use him enough. His character, Mr. Han, received 5 minutes of actual background story. They should have worked out a way to include more of his story in the mix.

The fighting scenes in the tournament gave off a shaky camera action feel to it. It looked weird each time it happened.

The Hypothetical:

It would have been awesome if Smith’s character did a spinning round house kick instead of the flipping kick he did at the end.
The whole thing about the main character learning Kung Fu instead of Karate makes a slight difference. They could have made a joke or something that connects it to the Karate Kid. It could have involved Smith’s character complaining about not learning Karate and Chan’s character could say “Fine, I can teach you one Karate move.”
Just picture this movie with Jet Li as Han and Tyler James Williams as The main protagonist. It would turn into a completely different movie all together. Mini Chris Rock learns Karate, it’s gold!

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