Summary: I still think this movie should be called the "Kung-Fu Kid" because Kung-Fu and Karate are two very different styles of martial arts. I get the point that it was somewhat following the same story line as the first "Karate Kid" movie just replacing Karate with Kung-Fu.
Excerpt: Right before this film came out in theaters, I watched the original for the first time ever to prepare for it. After the original ended, I was so happy with it that I had little faith that the remake would be nearly as good. I'm even happier to say that I believe this new version is slightly better.
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe the original ‘Karate Kid’ movie is already 26 years old and I had no idea what to expect from a remake of that original movie. Right out of the gate, we have a change of venue. Instead if importing oriental martial arts to the US, we’re taken to the land of it’s origins – China!
Summary: I felt the original was definitely better. Jaden Smith has a bright future and Jackie Chan becomes the disciplined master. Cinematography was pretty, score was decent and the cast did a good job. Unfortunately, the plot was light and story too predictable.
A surprisingly emotionally raw story of triumph against adversity.
Caesar Will Rise, blu-ray.com
22 May 2011
Excerpt: Wow. I did not expect to enjoy The Karate Kid as much as I did. I had seen a preview clip in my local Target of a scene showing Jackie and Jaden on a boat dock in the middle of a lake discussing the "cobra thing".
Summary: I think Jackie Chan's acting talent is underused in this film - he could have been a more emotional anchor (his Chinese-language acting work proves this; the man just has a hard time being convincing when speaking English.
Summary: A competent remake of the original, with a few subtle changes but mostly sticking to the same formula. Jaden Smith plays Jaden Smith...I mean, Dre, who moves to China with his mom and immediately has trouble with some local bullies, so Jackie Chan teaches him kung fu.
Excerpt: Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu Cast/Crew Info: Jaden Smith as Dre Parker Jackie Chan as Mr. Han Taraji P.