The Karate Kid 2010 movie

Many are understandably skeptical about a remake of the Karate Kid series from the 80’s. However, things that are worth watching time and again are also worth bringing forward into the modern day and letting someone new take up the famous roles. While this movie bares the title of the classic, it takes everything its own direction. It does a good job of looking into the more modern day matters that the old movie could not address now. It keeps to the deeper meaning of martial arts and those who train in it.

Dre Parker, Jayden Smith, is taken to China with his mother when her work relocates her. We see their old apartment, now empty has they have packed everything up and are ready to leave. We also see Dre’s attachment to this apartment and some of his resentment in moving to such a far away place. While he tries to fit in, things do not go as well as he could hope, making both friends and enemies. Jackie Chan plays Mr. Han, a handy man who comes to the aid of when he is being attack by bullies who have been harassing him. Mr. Han helps Dre recover from the beating he took and tries to help him avoid future fights by talking with the bullies’ master at their dojo. Things do not go as he had hoped, and Dre finds himself entered into a tournament with the promise that his antagonists will leave him alone while he trains. Much like the original, many parts of his training, Dre does not understand. It is not until he is shown the full application that things begin to make sense for him. Mr. Han is shown to be just as complex character as Mr. Miyagi, with a complex back story that explains many things that are apparent about the distance his character shows to many other people.

The music for the movie had some surprising choices, but they worked to bring together the ancient martial arts and the modern world. The music also worked to show the bridge that exists between American culture and Chinese Culture. It all comes together to create something new inside of what one would expect from the series.

It is hard to complain about the job that Jayden Smith did in his role of Dre. He took to the well from the looks of it. Jackie Chan shows very little of his characteristic humor, instead showing a very grounded and morose character. The film had a fair run time at about 2:30, but leaves all things tied up. If you want to see a decent remake, this one should be worth considering.

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