Which is awesome, how they’re totally doing karate. Oh, wait.
Oh, where to start with the mockery?
Let’s start with the whole karate/kung-fu thing. Simply put: Karate = Japan; Kung-Fu = China. Martial arts nerds can go on about all the various details and differences, but on the surface, the biggest thing that stands out about this movie entitled KARATE KID, is that it’s being set in China with a well-known Chinese martial artist who is known for his kung-fu background. I’m hoping there is some explanation in the movie about this — any guesses as to what it will be?
Next, let’s talk about the fact the original Karate Kid is a classic, and any attempts to remake it will be lame. Okay, so I’m biased: the movie may have been called “The Karate Kid,” implying that the “kid” was the main character. No offense to Ralph Macchio or his Daniel-san character, but let’s face it — Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi made those Karate Kid movies what they were; you could replace Ralph Macchio with Hillary Swank, but you couldn’t do any of those movies without Mr. Miyagi. (He was even selected as the #1 Greatest Fictional Angeleno in 2006 by blogging.la.)
Jaden Smith is a cutie-patootie, but I’m not interested in watching him “take his jacket off” and “put it on” again — it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “Wax on. Wax off.”
I’m going to stop ranting because I realized I sound like one of those old people who talks about how great things “used to be” and hates everything new. So I pass the torch to you: what do you think of the new trailer?