Directed by Harald Zward, ‘The Karate Kid’ does not fail to live up to the high expectations set by the numerous fans of the series. Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, the latest ‘Karate Kid’ brings in a brand new perspective to the tale of determination and cross-generational friendship.
The story revolves around popular Detroit kid Dre Parker (Jaden Smith), who finds himself in China after his mother`s transfer. He gets bullied and beaten up by kung-fu kid Li, until Mr Han (Jackie Chan) comes to his rescue.
Then Han, who turns out to be a kung fu master, goes up against those who have been bullying Dre. Han and Dre go to Li`s Kung Fu class to tell the kids to lay off him, however, Li`s instructor dares to threaten them. Han finds a way out by telling him that Dre will fight his students, but in the open Kung Fu tournament.
Han now trains Dre, but frustrates him. It`s only when Han demonstrates that Kung-Fu lies in everything that he begins to understand. And quite predictably, the underdog wins at the end of it!
The film apparently plays with America`s anti-China sentiment by having an average black kid go to the heart of the China, and beat them at their own game. Producers of the film - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – seem to have found their son’s career the perfect start.
On the whole, if you are looking for some full-on martial-arts action sequences this season, ‘Karate Kid’ is a must watch.
Rating: Three cheers