This is a perfect example of how to update a classic film with respect and at the same time create something entirely new and fresh that can stand upon its own two feet. There is a genuine charm here that easily matches what was so appealing in the original. Forget karate. Forget kung fu. The performances of Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are at the heart of The Karate Kid; everything else is secondary. That isn’t to say that the martial arts scenes aren’t well implemented: they are. But the acting is quite simply superb.