On Screen Review: The Karate Kid

A remake that's not quite a remake hits the screens in a big way. Based on the 80s classic "The Karate Kid", this remake was initially titled "The Kung Fu Kid" for obvious reasons.

Starring Jaden Smith as Dre, a young boy who moved to Beijing with his mother and is subsequently bullied by the local kids, and Jackie Chan, a maintenance man who is skilled in the art of Kung Fu and decides to teach young Dre so that he may defend himself and earn honour amongst the locals.

The plot shares numerous similarities to the original but often misses the point. Great cinematography, fight choreography and awesome locations aren't enough to take this remake into the classic archive. Kids, however, should find it enjoyable enough to consider taking up Kung Fu once they've seen how easy Jaden Smith makes it look.


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