[Retro Review] Movie Review – The Karate Kid


Retro Posts come from the earlier days of blogging. This Retro Review was on a previous blog and imported over to this current one. Albeit not my writing style anymore in the slightest and quite ill-written, I could not let it just be deleted! Therefore it stays, enjoy. 

I’ve been around martial arts my entire life. My father is a karate instructor and so are his two brothers. I’ve taken karate before and it still runs in my family. I’ve been to tournaments my whole life and have seen some amazing competitors.

So it was only natural that we went to see The Karate Kid, remake of the 1984 original, as a family.

This movie was an excellent, solid remake. It was highly entertaining and the training montage would even give Rocky a run for his money. Jaden Smith certainly proved himself as an actor, something he has not had an oppurtunity to do in his past films. The movie ran the gauntlet of emotions – from fear to anger to sadness to joy – and Jaden did not miss a beat. When he needed to cry, he did. When he needed to crack some classic Smith wit, he did.

Jackie Chan was spectacular as well. But he’s Jackie effin Chan…what else can be expected?

The story progressed very well, but the characters outside of Jaden/Dre’s training bubble were not very well developed. I’m not sure if it really mattered, however.

Very good movie. Go see it.


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