The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid – Movie Review
Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is a 12-year-old living in Detroit when his mother Sherry (Taraji Henson) gets a job in China. Once in China, Dre misses home and wants to go back to the US. His mother tells him that China is home now, and he must learn to accept his new home. Dre begins to like China when he falls for his classmate Mei Ying (Wenwen Han). Dre’s feelings for Mei Ying are seen by Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) the class bully who is out to stop it.
The Karate Kid is the remake of the original which was much beloved. This one stars Jaden Smith, (Will and Jada’s kid), and Jackie Chan. I was originally going to start the review by saying this is an actor we’re used to seeing being very childish and he’s finally growing up. You’d think it was Jaden but it’s not it’s Jackie Chan, who’s actually pretty good in this. The problem is is that the kid is supposedly 13, looks like he’s eight, but it’s incredibly violent. It’s much more violent than the original which is incredibly violent for kids. It tries to do three things that don’t serve well: first the Karate Kid is now African American. He and his mom move to China. While the views of China are fabulous it only slows the movie down. The third and biggest problem is the love story which is ridiculous for someone who looks as young as this kid does not to mention a 13 year old, and the idea that somehow a family of Chinese would encourage an African American 12 year old to romance their daughter is just ridiculous. And it’s too violent. I don’t think this movie worked at all. One star.