http://flash.sonypictures.com/video/universalplayer/sharedPlayer.swfI first heard there was a Karate Kid remake yesterday on Twitter. I had flashbacks of watching the Karate Kid movies… yes, even The Next Karate Kid (I’m not proud of it). I remember trying to do the crane and wanting to have awesome movies just like Ralph Macchio’s character… And don’t even get me started on Mr. Miyagi!
Anyway, I was holding out some hope for a pretty cool remake, even if it would probably be a complete ripoff of the originals. Who doesn’t like karate movies? Especially with Jackie Chan! I digress… I watched the trailer this morning, and I’m not sure what to make of the movie. All I can say is that I don’t have a good feeling about it. I was bothered at the ages of the kids in the movie. The movie isn’t about high school angst and the plight of the teenage underdog winning over the jock. It’s about upper elementary kids… the themes from the original movies are there, though… adolescent love interest, beating each other up, etc. The major exception is that it’s happening with 11 and 12-year olds in the movie.
Now, I’m not one to be overly alarmist about things, but I just don’t have a good feeling about this movie based on this trailer. The movie isn’t coming out until June 2010 so there could be a lot of changes done to the movie… I hope so. Based on the feel of the trailer and the scenes that were shown, I have a hard time trying to find something good to say. Do we really want to portray kids playing out semi-adult themes? There’s gotta be a line somewhere, and it seems like Sony is playing a little too freely with that line. Like I said, though, things can change in 6 months. I could be completely misreading the trailer (I haven’t read or seen anything else about the movie). I sure hope, though, that this new Karate Kid movie doesn’t turn out how I think it is going to.
What are your thoughts? What have you seen/read about the movie? Am I being overly critical?