Movie: The Karate Kid

By admin
13 September 2010

What’s it about?

A brave American kid moves with his mom to Beijing.

He doesn’t fit in with the other kids and is relentlessly bullied – until he meets a handyman who teaches him the finer points of kung fu.

Who will enjoy it?

Anyone who’s half alive and loves munching popcorn while sitting back and becoming engrossed in a truly human story.

The fourth star is because this film is such stirring entertainment.

You know how it’s going to end but what makes this new version of an old story such a cool hit is the way it takes you on a funpark ride with the young hero as he pursues victory – including over himself.

Jaden Smith is Will Smith’s son and has clearly inherited his dad’s looks and charisma.

You experience each step of this incredible adventure with him.

It’s exciting, compassionate and triumphant.

Wait for DVD?

No. Because kids younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult it’s a chance for dads and their sons to bond while enjoying a cool movie together.

The film goes beneath the surface and pays tribute to true courage and old-fashioned moral values such as lending a helping hand to those weaker than yourself.

With beautiful shots of modern China it also offers an insightful look at the Chinese way of life and culture as it tells the story of a son becoming a man and learning how to accommodate new influences.

Get in the queue for a ticket – this flick may just change your life.

Similar films

Rocky; The Karate Kid (1984).

Popcorn fact

*Jaden Smith was 11 when the film was made. His parents, Will and Jada, are the producers.

Human drama.


Director: Harold Zwart.


Opens 17 September.

Rating: 4/5

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