Monday, June 14, 2010
The Meltingpot Review -- The Karate Kid
Okay, we saw the Karate Kid over the weekend. The theater was packed for a 4pm showing. We actually had to stand in line for tickets (unusual for the suburbs of Philly) and ended up seated in those way too close seats where you have to scrunch way down to gain perspective.
Still, I have to say I loved the movie. I loved the movie because Jaden Smith is too cute. I loved the movie because the Black family moved to China and there were no other Black people telling them they couldn't move to China. I loved the movie because China looked really beautiful and not like an evil empire. I loved the movie because Jackie Chan was subdued, but still awesome. And I loved this movie because the first thing the little Chinese girl says to Jaden Smith's character is, "CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?" Meltingpot readers, you know I high-fived el esposo when that line was uttered. No whitewashing the cornrows. Thank you executive producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
That being said, my two sons, ages 9 and almost 6, cried through almost half of the movie. Every time Jaden Smith got beat up, even during the big, controlled tournament at the end, they cried. My older son even wanted to leave at one point because he couldn't stand watching the fight scenes. Mind you, there was no blood in the entire film, but yes those blows looked like they hurt. I think my sons' tears make them empathetic, but I still find it fascinating how they can handle violence in other mediums, but a young kid, being picked on by other kids is too much for them to bear. Bullies to both of my sons are far scarier than monsters, vampires, or even bad men with guns. Why is that do you suppose?
Needless to say, both of my boys ended up cheering and karate-chopping their way out of the theater. They both say they loved the film and my older son now wants cornrows and he starts Karate lessons next week. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.
So Meltingpot Readers, did any of you go see The Karate Kid? What did you think? Apparently it is an almost play by play remake of the original, but that was 25 long years ago so it still felt fresh to me. Will you go to see it? Why or why not? If you have little kids, you may want to leave them home for this one. But I'd say 9 and up should be okay.