The Karate Kid directed by Harald Zwart was fantastic from beginning to end! Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan deliver stellar performances on screen that will leave you laughing, crying and cheering them on.
12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Its been awhile since I've seen Jackie in a decent movie, maybe Rush Hour was the last one in my opinion. Sooooo refreshing to watch him get back to basics with his acting, we all know he is kick ass in the martial arts department but over time he lost that core acting ability which drew me in. But its back and better then ever for this one. You rocked it!
I cant look at Jaden and not see his dad pouring through in that DNA, a bright future ahead for that lil man. Aside from his adorable looks Jaden can act his tush off! A few scenes this young man did had me tearing up, he got me with the whole moving to different schools and not fitting in. And his Mom trying to do her best and raise her son, man this movie pulls all the right heart strings. (I will not cry I will not cry)
Some old school touches with a new school twist balance out this film, broken leg.....meh no problem. Run time for this film comes in at 2 hr. 20 min, never got slow or dull for me though. I loved it, I will own it and watch this one again and again. :)
Now stop wasting time and go see it! lol