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Movie Review- The Karate Kid

Movie: The Karate Kid (2010)

Director: Harald Zwart
Producer: Columbia Pictures
Writer: Robert Mark Kamen and Christopher Murphey

Jackie Chan as Mr. Han
Jaden Smith as Dre Parker
Taraji P. Henson as Sherry Parker
Wenwen Han as Meiying
Rongguang Yu as Master Li
Zhenwei Wang as Cheng

Release date: June 11, 2010
Film genre: Action

Even though, most of the original ingredients have been altered a bit, but still you can sense the feel of the original Karate Kid (1984) in 2010’s The Karate Kid. Mr. Miyagi is Mr. Han now while kung fu has replaced karate; California has changed into Beijing while Daniel Larusso took the place of Dre Parker.

Little Dre, played by Jaden Smith (son of Will Smith), finds himself in a very awkward situation, when her mother, played by Taraji P. Henson has got a job relocation from Detroit to Beijing. In Beijing, 12-year-old Dre has come across some local fascists, who have caught him flirting with one of the schoolmates. Here the kid realizes that he should learn kung fu. A mad kung fu master, Mr. Han, played by Jackie Chan, has become his kung fu teacher. He tries to boost Dre’s confidence in himself, by teaching him martial arts.

Why you should watch the film:

First of all, even though the film starts off with a small story, but it does not restrict itself within a small boundary. Be it the Chinese visual natural beauty or the tradition of China, everything is portrayed with minute details. The fighting sequences are great and they offer great promises for the film. The relationship of a mentor and student is depicted so well, that it has become the essence of the film. This is the main USB of the film, which makes the film unusual compared to other contemporary films.

The minus point about the film: Even if you may agree with me that for Junior Smith, this film is a bit high profile, but it is not at all deniable that he has done a marvelous job in the film. But what can go against the movie, is the acting of Dre’s mother. Has the director portrayed the character of a single mother well, she might have enough scope to flaunt her acting skill.

Even though the film has missed some opportunities to be one of the best movies of the week, but you can feel a breathe of fresh air while watching this movie at the theatre.

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