The Karate Kid
Directed by John G. Avildsen
What it’s about:
Teenage boy gets uprooted and moved across country with his single mother. He immediately falls prey to the school bullies and is terrorized by them. He has a passion for karate, but no money to take lessons, and he desperately wants to learn so he can defend and stand up for himself. Fortunately, someone takes notice…
What I Liked
I have seen this one one before. I mean, who over the age of 30 hasn’t? It was a major hit back in the 80’s. A true coming of age story. I recalled it with fond memories, but was surprised at how much I’d forgotten – and how much an adult perspective changed it. I’m sure nostalgia played a part in my enjoyment of this movie, but there was definitely more to it than that.
What struck me this time was how respectful the characters were – to each other and to the art of karate. There’s a distinct innocence here that just isn’t found in movies today. Even mixed with the teenage angst, Daniel has a respectful attitude throughout the experience.
And, gee the t-shirt slogans of the 80’s were great. The cars, not so much. It was a fun trip back in time.
What I Didn’t
I don’t know that there was anything I didn’t specifically like in this one. More like “I didn’t remember that” was in there:
- Daniel was just a little bit too impatient. You’d think he’d figure out what was going on long before Miyagi had to show him what he was teaching his body to do.
- The girlfriend – I didn’t remember her playing nearly as big of a role in the story.
- Miyagi’s story. I didn’t realize it was in there at all – another omission by time I’m sure.
- Mom’s job – she moved for a job in computers, but then was a waitress… something didn’t line up here.
My Final Thoughts
It’s a wholesome movie about taking responsibility for yourself and going after what you want. Enjoyable and absolutely worth it. It’s a classic that stands the test of time in my book.
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