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*** Official THE KARATE KID (2010) Review Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Patrick Sun, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    Even with what seems like an over-indulgent running time of 140 minutes, the

    film actually mimicks the core plot, which focuses on laying down a

    foundation for Dre Parker to learn and train in Kung-Fu by Mr. Han. Dre

    Parker is a young 12 year old who has been transplanted to Beijing China due

    to his mother's job relocation, and Dre gets picked on by other students

    trained in Kung-Fu, and a reticent apartment maintenance man, Mr. Han,

    eventually comes to help Dre deal with his issues.

    Jaden Smith plays Dre, and does a believable job in his major starring role,

    and Jackie Chan, playing Mr. Han, is getting older, but also wiser. The

    rest of the supporting cast of "good" and "bad" and "conflicted" give a good

    performance to sell the stakes involved in the film.

    It was a treat to see some of the footage of China in the film, and it'll

    have a wide demographic appeal, even if it's a remake, it's bigger in its

    scope at times, but it can also be very local and small to earn some

    emotional points as Dre learns the value of respect and discipline and


    I give it 3 stars or a grade of B.
  2. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
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    Oct 5, 2005
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    While people gripe at the runtime, you have to remember the original film was 130minutes runtime. So, it's not so much longer then the version that you can get @ home now.

    Not a bad film, far better then A-Team for me, a solid B. Decent family fair. Should have been named "Kung Fu Kid" though. The cinematography in this film is very, very good.. and the views of the landscape/scenery are great.
  3. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

    Dec 9, 1998
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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "The Karate Kid". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

    Any other comments, links to other reviews, or discussion items will be deleted from this thread without warning!

    If you need to discuss those type of issues then I have designated an Official Discussion Thread.


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