Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars


To its credit, Harald Zwart's update of the 1984 hit The Karate Kid, which transplants the post-Rocky template into China, doesn't leave you asking, "Why?"

The answer, nonetheless, is that producer Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy. So we have Jaden Smith as Dre Parker, who finds himself in China when his single mother (Taraji P. Henson, a hit in an underwritten part) gets a job there. And though a bit green, he matches Ralph Macchio's original kid kick for kick. Jackie Chan as Mr. Han also holds his own against Pat Morita's Mr. Miyagi, especially when he prevents a key dramatic scene from collapsing into comedy.

The Chinese setting enhances the fish-out-of-water feel of the original — not to mention providing the host country with some great PR. One question lingers, however: why isn't this called The Kung Fu Kid?

Related: Review: Ninja Assassin, Review: The Sun Behind The Clouds, Review: Invictus, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Arts, Entertainment, and Media,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
    Decades before women took center stage in the one-two punch of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill , King Hu (1932-1997; the subject of a retrospective at the HFA) put swords in the hands of a soaring heroine in Come Drink with Me.
  •   REVIEW: EMPEROR  |  March 12, 2013
    Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.
  •   REVIEW: 21 AND OVER  |  March 05, 2013
    As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."
  •   REVIEW: THE LAST EXORCISM PART II  |  March 06, 2013
    Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she's playing.
  •   REVIEW: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER  |  March 06, 2013
    Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)

 See all articles by: BRETT MICHEL