Review: The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid
Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in 'The Karate Kid'

Of course we don’t need a remake if the original film got the job done.

The Karate Kid, John G. Avildsen’s 1984 rabble-rouser, was a teenage version of the director’s own Rocky. ┬áRalph Macchio played a very Italian underdog from New Jersey who moves to suburban Los Angeles and is forced to deal with culture shock and blond surfer kids with mad karate skills. The Karate Kid, Harold Zwart’s spiritually-loyal remake, keeps all the primary story beats from the original while transferring the action to China and customizing the whole thing so Jaden Smith can star as a 12-year-old fish out of water and Jackie Chan can play his broken-down mentor.

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