While some remakes are a good idea, others not so much so. Exhibit A, The Karate Kid was 80s cheesefest at it’s best. With it’s unforgettable quotes, teenage-love story, all set with a karate tournament as a backdrop, the film became an instant classic. How can you forget “wax on, wax off”? When I first heard, a remake was in the works, I was overcome with trepidation. That feeling only increased when I heard Will Smith’s son was taking the role that made Ralph Macchio a star.
No disrespect to Jaden Smith, since he was perfectly fine co-starring with his daddy in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, but to cast him in this role would be a huge mistake. With the success of “High School Musical”, movie studios have been targeting the tween crowd harder than ever. You don’t have to look any further than the recent “Fame” remake. The producers were so hell bent to make it extremely PG, that it lost a lot in translation. What resulted, was a far inferior movie compared to the original. After watching the Karate Kid trailer, it looks like the studio, again has decided to tween-ify this remake.
Did I like anything about the trailer? Actually yes, the Chinese backdrop is far more pleasing to the eye than the 80s Los Angeles one, and surprisingly Jackie Chan in the Mr. Miyagi role isn’t too bad. Also, the fly swatter scene at the end was a great homage to the original chopstick-fly scene.
I’ll reserve full judgement til I actually watch the movie but it’s going to have to be spectacular to get me to change my viewpoint. Also, this “jacket on, jacket off” business better not be the signature hidden karate lesson or else I’m going to barf. Check out the trailer for yourself, and tell me what you think.
Am I wrong or am I wrong? What did you think of the trailer? Seriously, if I ever get to meet the producers (Will Smith), I’ll have to “Crane Kick” their collective asses (you original Karate Kid fans better get that) for bastardizing the original. In closing, I’ll leave you with a couple of legendary quotes from the original.
First learn stand…then learn fly…nature’s rule..Daniel-san, not mine.
Sweep the leg.