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If you're going to re-do something, do it differently…

If you're going to re-do something, do it differently…

I’ve often thought that if you’re going to go to the bother of remaking a film or a song, you should at least do it a bit differently. Like the Pet Shop Boys doing Always On My Mind, or … the Pet Shop Boys doing Where The Streets Have No Name.

Anyway, we now have the new trailer for The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith.


To give the film its’ due, it’s certainly put a different spin on it. Although I’m not quite so sure how a single parent family can move from New York to Shanghai (even in these transglobalisation times, it’s not THAT easy!), and the kid still ends up in a lower-class school – where the Chinese kids are the bullies. That raises my hackles for no good reason other than my immediate and wrong thought of “Hang on, it’s always the WHITE people who are the bullies! Not fair!”.

In other cliched moments:
– Hip hop soundtrack. Check. Because you can’t have black people and NOT use a beats-heavy soundtrack.
– Great Wall of China. (To be fair, if you’re going to use China as a location, you might as well use the most famous landmark there is)

But then, we finally have Jackie Chan in what seems to be a natural moustache. And final proof positive why I should never grow one. After all, if Jackie Chan can’t make it work, what hope have I got?

The final moment in the trailer is comedy-gold. Especially for those of us who remember the original.

(Addendum: it turns out that my work colleague has never seen The Karate Kid. Or Rocky. Or the first four films in the IMDB Top 250. I feel so old)

4 Comments

  • Anivair

    Of course, to be fair it IS always the white people that are bullies in movies. Bad guys, bullies, criminals, rapists, and every other bad thing under the sun are invariably white in well over 3/4 of the movies I've seen in the last five years. I can't imagine kids aren't just as mean in shanghai.

    sidebar: I love the 2 word captchas. I read a bit about their tech and now I feel like I'm doing something useful every time I enter one.

  • David

    FWIW, I think that the Godfather films are overrated. While The Shawshank Redemption is a good film, I wouldn't put it at number one either. Then again, infinite are the arguments of film fans and critics alike; for example, I rate Once Upon A Time In The West above The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, personally.

  • Daniel Johnston

    Two word CAPTCHA?

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