This all new film about a karate kid stars Jaden Smith as Dre Parker and Jackie Chan as Mr. Han, a man that has lost his family and seems to be trying to hide from himself and the world. It is the problems that Dre has with those at school that spark and begin the journey of self discovery for both man and boy.
This is a heart warming remake and telling of the 1984 film of the same name. Jackie Chan’s Mr. Han is in the same or like role as Mr. Miyagi played by Pat Morita. This is not a word for word remake, this is a retelling of the tale in a different setting completely. While both films had families that had to travel great distances to start again this one goes really far by taking the family all the way to China. Anyone who has seen the first Karate Kid will immediately see the similarities of the 2 but where as the first one was full of teen angst and a desire to do everything faster and faster this one slows things down. It shows the growth of a boy that is mad at the world who just wants to be able to have friends and be friends with a pretty girl that he meets in school. It also shows just how closed in Mr. Han is as he is still grieving for his own lost family.
Even though the film moves slower then most of Jackie’s films and slower then the first film it still grips you and makes you want to see what is going to happen next. This is a film of discovery and learning and in many ways more of a dram then a straight up martial arts film. It shows teens that you can get ahead with hard work and dedication and have the courage to be able to stand up for what you know is right.
I would recommend this family drama martial arts film to any house hold that wants to spend time together. Watching it with one another will definitely draw you all together closer as a family. I know that it has mine. This is one of those films that you will want to keep around to watch again and again for years to come. The Karate Kid 2010 is destined to be a timeless classic.