The Karate Kid

Harald Zwart, USA, 2010, 140 min.

bmThe story is nothing new. This time it’s Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in China, with some great location shooting, but the beats remain the same.

It’s a studio film all the way. Cliche, predictable, and string-pulling. Fortunately, it plays the scenes well and the leads are all personable and engaging. The scene where Jaden Smith starts to use Jackie Chan’s jacket-fu is particularly well-done. Overall it is nothing special, but I found it hard to dislike.

trophyThis film wins the award “Widest Split” for Jaden Smith getting his legs fully horizontal while balancing on handrails.

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