Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Karate Kid

Jaden Smith does a great job.The presence of a legend Jackie Chan does not bother him at all and the kid proves he is a worthy son to Will Smith.

The kid plays Dre who lands up in Beijing with his mom after his father's death.

The first day in Beijing, results in a visit to a park, a crush in true Hindi film fashion and a beating up by the local teen bully.

School has surprises as both the girl practicing for a violin concert and the bully training for a Wushu tournament study there.

Jackie Chan works as Han the maintenance man in the apartment block where Dre and his mother stay.

One day Han saves Dre from the bullies. A few scenes later the trainer of the bullies challenges the kid to participate in the Wushu tournament.

Training starts and Dre is disappointed when Han asks him to remove his jacket, put it down, pick it and put it on a hanger.

This continues for a while along with some friendly banter between Dre and the Chinese girl.

The training sequences are well shot. A journey to the Dragon Well atop a mountain looks good. Jaden has worked hard for this role and his sparring sessions with Jackie Chan are a treat to watch.The tournament climax is predictable and executed well. Dre wins it by beating the bully. The bully and his compatriots become the students of Jackie Chan to learn Kung Fu under him.

Jaden has a great future and is sure to do well.

Rating ***/5.


Shadow in the Moonlight said...

Haven't seen the movie yet, but heard lots bout Jaden smith's talent. Hoping to catch Inception this weekend.

mahesh said...

Yes, me too!
All my friends have given it an excellent rating.

Aswin Kini said...

Ha ha ha, well this Kid, Jaden Smith, is truly talented, unlike the kith and kin of Indian actors who don't even understand the meaning of acting.

I haven't seen the film, but having read rave reviews from many people, I think I should see it sooner or later.

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