Sunday, July 18, 2010

REVIEW: The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

Ralph Macchio,
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita


June 22, 1984

John G. Avildsen

Columbia Pictures

2 hours 6 minutes

A+ (98)



Remakes are so overrated, and this movie proves it! Daniel LaRusso and his mom are being relocated from Newark, NJ to Reseda, a San Fernando Valley district in the city of Los Angeles, California for Daniel's mom's job. Daniel of course is the new kid at school and doesn't know anybody. But then he meets the perfect girl, a rich girl who lives on the richer side of town. But on the same day, he meets the local bully who loves to pick on Daniel since Daniel's new crush, who's name is Ali is his ex-girlfriend. So with the help of the local maintenance man, Mr. Miyagi, he will be taught the arts of karate and make an truely unlikely bond unlike any other. This is one of the most realistic and inspirational movies I've ever seen in my life. I can relate to seeing kids being bullied at many other schools I've visited and how upsetting it is to see this horrible crime. I also thought that the chemistry with Daniel/Ali and Daniel/Mr. Miyagi were almost as real as everyday life. Especially with Daniel and Ali because everyday in school I see boys and girls sitting at lunch together, holding hands, hugging, etc. But the relationship between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi is just so pure to watch and so rare to see since films rarely have a relationship like this movie. This movie also is a movie the whole family can watch together, even though the new one might be a little more interesting to see, since it's currently in theaters. But if you haven't seen the new one yet, even though I think it's out of theaters already, watch this one and then make the comparison. Personally, I loved this one so much that it's now in my top 15 favorite movies of ALL time. So if you were a smart person or you just love 80s movies, then watch a true classic movie as you will meet the original Karate Kid.

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