Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: The Karate Kid

Director: Harald Zwart

Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

Year: 2010

Genre: Family

Rated: PG

Length: 140 min.

IMDB Summary: Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

While it might not pack the same punch as the original, The Karate Kid is a highly entertaining family movie, with good acting, directing and cinematography. Sure, it's a bit odd that the martial arts discipline in the title--karate--differs from that in the actual film--kung fu--but this discrepancy is forgivable in light of the fun, fast-paced and family-oriented storyline. This movie is just as much about family, friendships and forgiveness as it is about a boy's quest to master kung fu. Chan's quality acting adds emotional depth to the film without detracting from Smith's performance. I also enjoyed the emphasis on adapting to a new culture, as the characters move from a Detroit neighborhood to China and experience some culture shock. Although not as memorable as the original, The Karate Kid would be a delightful choice for a family movie night.

For Parents:
Some martial arts action, bullying and mild language

My Rating:
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