Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Karate Kid

A remake of the 84' classic film of the same name that sees Jackie Chan reappraising the role played by Pat Morita. Being set in China, the land of kung-fu, only makes the film more plausible. Young Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is forced in to unfamiliar China when his mother moves there along with her job. He promptly eyes the local teenage bombshell much to the chagrin of the local kung-fu prodigy. Much Dre Parker ass kicking follows which brings Mr. Chan in to the scene, who plays an uncommonly serious role with no histrionics. The age old king-fu master-disciple story is retold in a modern Chinese setting and strangely enough the film is enjoyable in spite of the expected melodrama.

Rating: * +

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