2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon – The Karate Kid (2010)


This is the final of 3 reviews that are part of The 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Becca over at Film Music Central  .  Tnx for letting me participate!

“Being still and doing nothing are two very different things. ” – Mr. Han

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy who journeys with his mother to live in China wishes to learn Kung Fu after local bullies keep bothering him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I personally have avoided watching for the past 7 years because I am not a fan at all of remakes and had absolutely no expectations that this film would come as close to being as great as the original one from 1984.

Boy was I right!

This film feels like almost an exact replica of the earlier film with the characters transplanted to China instead of California.

The teaching methods aren’t as creative as in the original and I just didn’t feel the student-teacher connection here like they had in the first film.

Jackie Chan is no Pat Morita and Jaden Smith is extremely far from being Ralph Macchio.

The idea to make the characters even younger than the teenagers from the original was also a poorly thought of idea because things seem even more comical when they beat up Smith or when Chan tries to defend Smith against the bullies.

Don’t even get me started on the romance subplot….

There is no emotional impact here and there is no question that this film was a complete waste of time and effort to make because it doesn’t come anywhere close to matching the feelings of the original film.

James Horner’s score is ok here and unfortunately even he isn’t able to make this film more enjoyable to watch.

Check it out here:

If you want to watch a good version of this film, watch the original one and stay far away from this one.

Bottom Line – This is yet another example of a pointless remake.  The original film was superb but the changes they make here take so much away from the impact of the earlier film. Jackie Chan is no Pat Morita and Jaden Smith is definitely no Ralph Macchio.  Too much of this film feels like an exact replica just transplanted to the Far East. Not as emotionally impactful of the original in every way possible.  Even the nice score by James Horner can’t help this film be any better. Stay away from this and watch the original instead!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first film to shoot in The Forbidden City since Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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