This weekend at the movies is a throw back to some of the best of the 80's and the first thing up is the remake of 1984's The Karate Kid that starred Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita. This time out the story is much better in that that it takes place in China where Dre Parker, played by Jaden Smith, has relocated with his mother for her job and as an outsider crosses paths with the local teenage boys who do not accept him and attack him until he learns to defend himself and earn their respect after confronting them at a local martial arts tournament under the tutelage of his apartment building's maintenance man, Mr. Han played by martial arts legend Jackie Chan. The movie keeps the key plot points of the original but avoids the cheesiness that easily comes out in the original film. Jaden is quite the little martial artist and growing in to a decent actor under the watchful eye of his parents, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith. Judging from the clapping and cheering in the theater during the tournament finale, the audience enjoyed the movie as much as I did and if have kids that will love it even more..
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