Karate Kid (2010)
"Life will knock us down but we can choose to get back up." - Mr. Han
When the career of 12-year-old Dre's mother requires that they move to China, Dre's life is flipped upside down. Dre has a tough time adjusting to his life in China and the bullies at his school do not make the transition any better. After only a week of living in China, Dre begins to feel intense fear all the time, expecting the bullies to abuse him at any moment. He has to constantly avoid them and run from them while in and out of school.
The maintenance man at the hotel where Dre and his mother is staying, turns out to be a Kung Fu master and volunteers to teach Dre.
This movie takes us through Dre's journey and his struggle to keep his friendship with a Chinese girl in his class while training to compete in a Kung Fu competition and learning his strength within.
I give this movie 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Great acting, great action scenes, great story line, constantly engaging! What more can I say? The movie had me at the edge of my seat most of the time. I was so engaged that I didn't even care to eat the snacks I brought along with me.
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith is an amazing actor! Like father, like son. Will Smith should be proud of his son. Jaden had me in tears, he made me feel his pain, his frustration. His acting was flawless. If you thought he was good in "Pursuit of Happyness" you haven't seen anything yet.
Jaden played the lead role of Dre Parker and he played it well. Jaden WAS Dre Parker. His acting was so unbelievably believable that I can't believe he was acting. He was living his role. If I had more than two thumbs to hold up, I'll hold them all up for Jaden. Did I mention that he did all his stunts? And he did some break dancing? Great job, Jaden!
I have to start by saying, I love Jackie Chan! His stunt work and his physical comedy is legendary. In this movie, however, Jackie Chan surprised me. I had no idea what a great actor he was. Sure, he's good at comedy--especially physical comedy--and undoubtedly an amazing stunts man, but he took on a serious role in this movie.
Jackie Chan played the role of the maintenance man, Mr. Han, who becomes Dre's mentor and friend. And oh, what a great mentor he was! There is one scene in this movie, where Jackie Chan's acting was so poignant that it brought tears to my eyes. Honestly. I had no idea that Jackie Chan was such a great actor. You have to see him in this movie.
Zhenwei Wang - Honourable Mention
This kid has never acted in another movie before but his debut in "Karate Kid (2010)" was a great debut. Because this was his debut, there's not much information out there about him but I just had to mention him because I thought he did an wonderful job playing Cheng, the main bully. He didn't have many lines, but his body language, facial expressions and actions said it all.
I'm not sure whether Zhenwei did his own stunts but if he did, they were amazing. I can see this kid being the next bad guy in another Kung Fu movie. Or maybe he'll be the good guy next time. Whatever he would be, I know he would always be worthy of mention.
This movie is a must-see. Some parts had me laughing some parts had be in tears (and I'm not one to cry from movies). I left the theatre wanting to walk right back in for the next show but unfortunately, I had other obligations. So sad. I definitely want to get this on DVD as soon as it is released.
I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.
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