I had very little expectations for the remake of one of the classic films of my childhood, Karate Kid. I actually did not get the usual feeling of anticipation I get when I know I have a movie premiere to attend, but in it’s place was a feeling of ambivalence. I was more curious than excited, should I say. I remember very little details of the original Karate Kid film, mainly because the day I saw that in the movie house was a traumatic day for my family, but I remember that I enjoyed it. When the sequels came out, I was a bit unimpressed, which is why that’s how I approached this film.
Early into the film, I had already proven myself wrong. Much as I thought it would be an ordinary movie, I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. Granted that the storyline may be overused, Jaden Smith truly gave this film a refreshing new life. He was simply AMAZING. And for a young boy, his body was buff beyond his years! While the fact that he is Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son was always at the back of my mind, I think he held his own in the film. Jackie Chan likewise gave a good performance as Jaden’s Kung Fu mentor.
Granted the film may not be the type to win an Oscar, plus it did have a feel of a predictable “formula” as my brother put it, I still say this is a great feel-good movie to catch when it comes out.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 in terms of story, but 4.5 for entertainment value. Adding to it’s charm is the beautiful Chinese setting, where old and new collided. From the Olympic stadium to the Forbidden City, the setting truly added to the feel of the movie, at least for me. Lastly, what I liked best about the movie is that much as I knew what to expect in terms of what would happen next, the sudden bursts of humor and the way this was injected into the film kept me truly entertained.
Karate Kid opens June 11 in Philippine theaters. Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures.