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#427615 - 06/11/10 07:53 AM Karate Kid reviews
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Reviews of the Karate Kid seem to be mostly positive. Most of them focus on the relationship between Dre and Mr. Han, rather than on the MA aspect. Evidently a real off-screen mentoring relationship has developed between Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and both of them put in good acting performances.

A particularly thoughtful review was written by Kathleen Murphy and published on MSN this morning.
http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/the-karate-kid.2/?GT1=28101
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#427617 - 06/11/10 08:25 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kathryn]
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'Most of them focus on the relationship between Dre and Mr. Han, rather than on the MA aspect."

This was true of the first film as well with Ralph Machio and Pat Morita.

VDJ

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#427618 - 06/11/10 09:25 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: VDJ]
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Originally Posted By: VDJ
'Most of them focus on the relationship between Dre and Mr. Han, rather than on the MA aspect."

This was true of the first film as well with Ralph Machio and Pat Morita.
VDJ
This is great, as for some of us it is exactly the relationship between student & teacher that makes the MAs what they are. For some of us it is this important relationship that gives the student what they need as an individual to be stronger overall. It was 1 of the reasons why I enjoyed the 1st series of Karate Kid films so much.

I just hope that if this generation of parents is motivated by this movie to enroll their child into a MA class, that 1- It is a real MA class & not a babysitting service AND 2- They wait until their child is old enough to take themselves to the class & not led to class by the hand

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#427626 - 06/12/10 04:07 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: ITFunity]
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Many reviewers felt as I did, that the remake was predictable and bland. Yes, Jaden Smith is quite an athlete, being the son of two beautiful stars, Will and Jada Smith, but that may be why the movie is not inspiring. Ralph Macchio was awkward and vulnerable, while Jaden had all the moves. Furthermore, the scene with Jackie Chan beating up on a bunch of 12-year-olds isn't quite the same as Mr Miyagi beating up on the cobras who really look their age, namely 20-somethings.

And this was a remake in every sense of the word. The locales are different, being in China, but the script was almost exactly the same, along with nearly identical dialogue. There were no twists or turns to distinguish this from the original, so everything was predictably bland, complete with what happens at the tournament.

Maybe the sequel will be better, when Jaden Smith decides to take on the evil master ... and finds out the master is really his father. And his violin-playing girlfriend is his sister.

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#427631 - 06/12/10 05:25 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
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Rottentomatoes shows it has an average press rating of 6.3 out of 10, over a spread of 114 reviews listed.

RT concensus: "It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original"

So it doesnt suck, which is good, but it doesnt bring anything new to the table, so why bother seeing it when I already have the original?

And it still has nothing to do with karate.
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#427636 - 06/12/10 11:03 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Cord]
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I'd go with the consensus - nice movie, but, since it's almost exactly like the original, it's nothing wonderful.

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#427665 - 06/13/10 03:48 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
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I'm on my way to see it today.

I was a huge fan of the original (still am), it had a big influence on me. In fact it was what drove me to Study Karate, instead of Kung Fu (Huge BL fan as a kid).

But I think it is an interesting point that many of us, were looking for something more then the fighting. We were looking for the lifestyle, the aura of it all. Maybe that is naive, but I think most people who were serious about MA before the UFC came along, thought that way on some level.
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#427668 - 06/13/10 04:23 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kimo2007]
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I was also thinking of studying Kung Fu, but my high school friends were in TKD, under a legendary master, so I went along. And I've loved it since.

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#427669 - 06/13/10 04:47 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
ITFunity Offline
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Originally Posted By: TaekwonDoFan
And this was a remake in every sense of the word. The locales are different, being in China, but the script was almost exactly the same, along with nearly identical dialogue. There were no twists or turns to distinguish this from the original, so everything was predictably bland, complete with what happens at the tournament.
I will not quibble with your critique, as it is yours & you are more than entitled to it. I would say that it is the same as the original, but I did not find it bland, nor did I find the 1st 1. It is for me, the essence of the MAs & the story, while the same, was not bland, because it was done 2010, not the 1980s. When you see it with the younger students, you may not find it bland, as they didn't, complete with the music for their generation. So, see it with the young, feel young, don't feel bland wink

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#427670 - 06/13/10 04:50 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Cord]
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Originally Posted By: Cord
So it doesnt stink , which is good, but it doesnt bring anything new to the table, so why bother seeing it when I already have the original?
And it still has nothing to do with karate.
What more do you need at the table? Good master, with an eager student, who learns good.
You say karate, I say TKD, those from China say kung fu. Its all kicking & striking with the hands & feet

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