The Karate Kid (2010)

A challenge he never imagined. A teacher he never expected.
A challenge he never imagined. A teacher he never expected.
THE KARATE KID (PG)
D: Harold Zwart
Columbia/Overbrook (Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter & Ken Stovitz)
US/China 2010
140 mins

Sports

W: Christopher Murphey [based on a screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen]
DP: Roger Pratt
Ed: Joel Negron
Mus: James Horner


Jaden Smith (Dre Parker), Jackie Chan (Mr. Han), Zhenwai Wang (Cheng), Taraji P. Henson (Sherry Parker), Wenwen Han (Meiying)

Updating the 1984 film for a new generation, this version isn't atrociously bad, although it really should've been called The Kung Fu Kid, since that's the principal martial art that it centres around. 
The bare bones from the original lay in place, but with the action relocated to China, it brings a bit of oriental culture into the plot as a replacement for the small town America from the Ralph Macchio version, and the cheesy 80's soundtrack is replaced with teeny-bopper rubbish.
With Will Smith & his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, attached as producers, this does have a nepotistic stink about it and Little Jaden Smith has very little acting capability and even less charisma.
Just like the original version, it's down to the Mr. Miyagi character (played by Jackie Chan and renamed Mr. Han) to save the day.
5/10

Jackie Chan & Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid
Jackie Chan & Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid