I remember watching and enjoying the original version of THE KARATE KID, but not being a kid myself in the Eighties, I never had the emotional connection to the film that some of you might have. However, I thought it was good enough that there was really no need to do a remake of it, especially when it smacked of a vanity project for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and their son.
However, now that I’ve seen the new version, I have to say that it’s fairly watchable. The screenplay is considerably different from the original, which helps, and the Chinese scenery is spectacular at times. Also, it has Jackie Chan in it, and he’s always worth watching as far as I’m concerned. And the fight scenes are surprisingly tough. At two hours and twenty minutes, the movie is probably half an hour too long and would be more effective if the pace was faster. But the payoff is okay. Overall I enjoyed it, and unless you’re heavily invested in the original version, it’s a pleasant enough way to pass some time.
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