HE SAID: Remakes

Not the same chemistry. Though that might be ok.

So I’ve touched on this before, but now that “K-Day” is actually just about here, I need to vent.  How can someone in good conscience remake a film as timeless as Karate Kid?  I just don’t understand it.  It is a classic that quarterlifers such as myself see as one of the major marks of their childhood.  Just because we have new technology to make things “better” does not necessarily mean we always have to use it (unless you are Bud Selig, commish for MLB, use technology for replay please so kids with perfect games can actually have them).

A little too close...

And the original Karate Kid was not just some joke of a kids movie…Pat Morita got nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.  This was a well done movie, that I still have trouble turning off no matter how often it comes on ABC Family.  Were there issues? Of course…why would you move a junior in high school across the country for a waitressing job? Why did there have to be sexual tension between Daniel and Miyagi?  How inthe world is Elisabeth Shue actually into Ralph Macchio, which was the most unbelievable part of the original. Why do these things matter to me? Oops, that’s a whole different subject.

Now we are getting a remake, with a stunt man as Miyagi and an 11 year old learning effing kung fu (NOT KARATE).  I guess the bottom line is – what’s the point? I mean, I totally understand them making the A-Team into a movie.  It was never a movie, but even if you consider it a remake it makes sense…in this case our newer technology will make it a hell of a lot cooler than the original TV show, even if Mr. T isn’t involved.  Same thing with the two latest Batman flicks, which are not considered remakes either, but instead rebirths.  And after a Clooney and Kilmer sighting as Batman, it was definitely necessary.

But now people are calling for The Outsiders, The Goonies, Red Dawn (already in production, to be released around Thanksgiving).  When does it end? Maybe I’m just being selfish because these are some of my favorite childhood memories that I don’t want ruined by Michael Bay, who was most accurately described in the movie Team America – “Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?”  Would there be an uproar from our parents generation if some jackass in Hollywood announced a new Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid starring Nicolas Cage and Aston Kucher? Alright that’s it, I’m done…I hate being angry.  But if this enrages you as much as it does me let me know, I’ll picket with you outside theatres this weekend.

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161 Responses to HE SAID: Remakes

  1. JamesBrett says:

    i live in tanzania and am far, far away from seeing a movie in a theatre — and even further from previews — so i realize i’m out of touch when it comes to current events in media. but is that a girl starring in the new karate kid?! didn’t we already try this (and it was called the next karate kid)? raise your hand if you enjoyed that flick? how about if you even remember it?

    that’s what i thought.

    • That’s totally a boy. It’s Will Smith’s son.

      But I agree about Hillary Swank in the Next Karate Kid.

      • JamesBrett says:

        yeah, after posting i went to imdb and checked it out. i’m kind of embarrassed, but at the same time you have to admit that jaden looks like a little girl in that picture… but don’t tell daddy will that i said so. i have a bit of a man crush on him.

  2. Todd Pack says:

    You know, I felt the same way about the Will Ferrell version of Land of the Lost, until I saw some episodes of the original Land of the Lost. It was a lot worse than I remembered. I wouldn’t remake Casablanca or The Godfathers I and II, but most movies and TV aren’t as dead-solid perfect. I had a teacher who said there’s no such thing as good writing, that there’s only good rewriting. I think a good remake is basically the same as a rewrite, building on the stuff that works and fixing the things that don’t, like the Star Trek reboot did.

    http://www.toddpack.com

    • viralfirm says:

      Eh. But it was also said by the famous 20th Century poet, Allen Ginsberg, “your first thought is your purest.”

      The problem with your statement is that you’re assuming that for every remake there’s an inferior movie its built upon. Which in truth, it depends on the experience and skill of the individual directors, writers, and crew, in addition to the technological limitations of their time and how they overcome it. A good number of films are written by very inexperienced people, or perhaps they’re experienced but just not any good or just ill suited for the project they were assigned. Because let’s be honest, for every Kubrick and John Ford out there, there’s a 1000 aspiring Michael Bays.

      You should read ON DIRECTING FILM by David Mamet, a very short book that I can’t recommend enough.

      • jen225 says:

        I totally agree. I’m getting tired of seeing all these remakes. When I remember the originals it makes me have no desire what so ever to see the remake. Somethings you jsut shouldn’t redo.

    • yorkieprincess says:

      I agree! I can’t wait to see this movie because I loved the original so much. It has the same story line, but in a different country and different actors. I am very excited to see what they did to it. I thought the second Karate Kid was ok, but any after that were awful, so I guess I like the idea of a re-make better than another installment.

  3. Slamdunk says:

    Great post. I always wondered about the cross country waitressing job since she said she worked in computer before.

  4. I say….they continue to remake movies for the simple fact that they’ve run out of new plots and themes and story lines. I mean, after a 100 years or so, you’re bound to start making duplicates… It’s the way of our generation friend…we’ve lost our creativity. The educational system has focused for so long on the logics of life (math, science, technology) and the arts have taken a backseat… there’s a great video on this very topic on TED.com….

    I won’t see the remake in theaters…Like you, I loved the original..but I do love me some Jackie Chan…so one day I’ll more than likely put in in my NetFlix Que…

    I like the idea of this blog…pretty cool concept…

    • bmj2k says:

      True, Hollywood is out of ideas, but remakes will always be “in” because they bring a built-in audience and have the marketing and elements of plot already in place. They are cheaper to create, require less marketing cost, and (despite big bombs like Land of the Lost)are generally a safer bet to get a nostalgic audiences $12.50 (or more) than an unknown quantity.

  5. Dan Wade says:

    I totally agree!! Karate Kid is timeless and I cannot believe they’ve gone there. How can anyone improve on perfection?!

    And please, tell me you’re not serious about a Goonies remake?? I’ll cry if they DARE touch it!!

    http://danjswade.wordpress.com

  6. shutterboo says:

    If the TOUCH The Goonies, I’ll die. And Goonies never say die. That’s how serious I am.

  7. The remakes of classics are a little ridiculous. I’m waiting for a remake of Casablanca or Gone With the Wind. -.- Then you’ll really hear me roar. But people will eat up this new movie because Jackie Chan is in it.

    If they remake the Goonies, I may cry, though.

    Thanks for sharing, congrats on the feature!

  8. Lara Ehrlich says:

    Ugh. I totally agree with you. Why remake The Karate Kid, when the original would surely appeal to kids just as much today as it did when we were little? What’s next? The Princess Bride?

  9. John says:

    I agree, the whole “Karate Kid” learning Kung Fu bugs me. I think they could have gotten away with calling it “The Kung Fu kid” instead and I think people would have still been willing to see it. But what can you do, Hollywood is running out of original ideas and it seems that almost 1 out of 3 moives are remakes or comic book based movies these days. It seems rare to have a truly original movie these days.

    • newschaser says:

      I agree. When I saw it labled “Karate Kid” and then watched the new version promote Kung Fu… I also thought… just call it “Kung Fu Kid.” It almost seems like the makers and breakers in Hollywood think the audience is dumb, we won’t notice, and that all sophisticated fighting arts are the same.

      In addition, I feel like they bastardized a classic by using its title to make a buck. Besides, the original Karate Kid is a wholesome, wonderful family flick. Truly, Pat Morita caught everyone by surprise in his performance, and I love it to this day. Sorry, the new movie spinoff (and I love Chan), does not match up with the power of the classic one.

    • Glen says:

      I totally agree that this movie NEEDED to be called “Kung Fu Kid.” I mean the movie was quite a bit different from the original Karate Kid and did not feature karate. Naming it “Karate Kid” was probably a decision made to attract those familiar with the original (as there are a lot of us) but in reality it just makes those same people upset.

      I just saw this movie last night and I was a big fan of Jayden Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness but I had a few issues with him in this movie. He is a decent actor (considering his age) but he says in the movie that he is 12. He should play a 12 year-old when he turns 13 because he is so scrawny. Honestly he looks like he is 9 to me in the movie and in reality he was 10 or 11 while shooting the film. He is actually still only 11!

    • Raw Girl says:

      I really liked the flick. I thought it was well done and the acting was really good—that kid can act his but off. i do agree though it is very weird that it was called the karate kid and hes learning kung fu. that goes to show they were to scared to take a risk in not getting people in droves to the theaters just based on a new title. i really wish they wd stop playing it safe and greenlight movies of substance but the problem is, these executives with no connection with reality only operate under equations that worked before to get their return. even when that may not work anymore ie: Jennifer Lopez “The Break Up Plan”—was supposed to be a success and it tanked.

  10. hipncreative says:

    I agree, the original Karate Kid is my favorite movie and I think the remake is a total mistake. The waitressing job is a bit of a question mark for me as well. Still a great movie though.

  11. Toriano's "La Buena Vida" says:

    nice post guys…there are some classic cheese lines in this movie that just cant be duplicated “put em in a body bag johnny”

  12. Nostra says:

    Well, the biggest reason of course it’s an easy way to make money. Just grab one of the big movie names that people remember fondly and remake it. The pros for it are of course that people know the name, they already know the story, they want to find out if it’s better and see it for old time’s sake.
    Of course it usually means that you will get a very disappointing movie that won’t be on the level of the original. Recent examples i can remember are Charlie and the Chocolate factory, The day the earth stood still and the taking of Pelham one two three. For each and every one i prefer the original.

  13. Tyler Tarver says:

    “When I watch The Karate Kid I root for the karate kid, Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai dojo. Get your head out of your [butt] Lily.” – Barney Stinson

  14. I don’t think they should have remade Karate Kid at all. It is quite a classic and I did grow up with it as well. I guess many people born after 1985 won’t really understand why some of us Gen-Xers would not like a newer updated Karate Kid. The Gen-Yers will probably enjoy it. (not like how we did though. Just today, I listened to one of the theme songs play on my iTunes random mode session, they won’t be able to recreate that)

    But, it’s already made. But if they’re going to remake something, why not make it right. Jackie Chan is not Japanese nor does he do Karate. And Daniel San is an Italian American complete with the accent. No offense to the stars of the movie, but c’mon Karate Kid is a classic. Make it right.

  15. The kung fu part aggravates me as well. Shouldn’t it be “The Kung Fu Kid”?

  16. Word of wisdom from the great man: To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.

    A travesty to tarnish this film with a remake. Shame on you, Hollywood, shame on you…

  17. Michelle Brown says:

    I was never a big fan of the Karate Kid, (I was more of a Sixteen Candles kinda girl), but even I am not happy about a remake. Mr. Miyagi is an untouchable character, and I’d be surprised if Jackie Chan does him justice.

    Great post!

  18. Lu says:

    They had better not remake Goonies. That would just break my heart.

  19. The OMB says:

    I could not agree more. Your words pretty much echoed my own. I think people that are all around our age are going to all feel the same way too.

    http://thisismylawn.wordpress.com/

  20. Raul says:

    They better never remake Goonies!! That is a freakin’ classic. You weren’t a kid if you didn’t see that movie. I still love it till this day. I am sad they have made another Karate Kid…grrr! You can’t beat the original. Next you are going to tell me they are remaking The Sandlot! Yeah Yeah…Looks pretty crappy!

    http://www.wutevs.wordpress.com

  21. zander says:

    “Why did there have to be sexual tension between Daniel and Miyagi”

    Where the hell was the sexual tension between Daniel-san and Mr M?

    It was a father-son thing – hence danny boy having no father figure and sensei’s family and unborn (or was it young, can’t quite remember) having died while he was at war.

    Other than that radical misinterpretation I agree with everything you say… no need for a remake at all. It’s not even dated – I think, it just feels like a film set at the time it was set.

  22. zander says:

    I should add that I missed the word son out of that last comment- – it was his son that died.

  23. kristenoutoften says:

    Agreed. I’m getting bored of these re-makes, especially classic movies. Karate Kid was good as is, though I’ll probably watch this one, if only for the laughs and awesome comparisons…
    I think Hollywood is in quite a rut, and by 2011 – they better be out of it!

  24. fondutv says:

    We couldn’t agree with you more. Hollywood keeps producing remakes when they need to come up with original work. George Lucas made the same mistake when he had to remake the Star Wars Trilogy when they were just fine the way they were.

  25. essentialsimplicity says:

    First thing I said after seeing a preview to this movie was “Why is he learning Kung Fu?”
    Its a horrible concept to do this to such a classic and a milestone in so many child’s lives.

  26. dom says:

    hey shut up your stupid

  27. staractress4 says:

    I totaly agree that it should not be remaid, if it was like the fourth one sorta deal that would be much better! I never knew either that it was kung fu and not karate, that makes a big deal! I mean the movie is called “KARATE kid”. And i don’t know what you saw but i’m pretty sure there wasn’t any sexual tension with daniel and mr miyagi. Also I don’t think they should re do the goonies either, thats a classic, its fine the way it was! People in the film industry just need to learn to be creative. All the guys with loads of money and technology are just doing re makes and books. While people who have very low budgets and are basically none existant come up with such wonderful, original stuff. It’s not fair, but thats life!

  28. lunchwithmary says:

    “Wax on, wax off” to “jacket on, jacket off”.

    Lame.

  29. eastofeton says:

    They honestly should have never made this movies and called it Karate Kid…if anything, since A LOT of movies follow the same plot formula over and over again, they should have just given it, it’s own title and no one would have cared.

  30. i could not agree more. a movie like this, or the goonies, the outsiders or ferris bueller (let’s not even go there)needs to be left alone. they are perfect for what they are and trying to glam them up is an insult to the original.

    besides, i could not imagine no more kings’ “sweep the leg” ever being awesome in the context of the remake.

  31. Cy Quick says:

    Each generation, X like you, or War Baby like me, has to face and tolerate remakes. Get used to it! Pretty much all the records I loved as a teen in the 1950s, and in my 20s the decade after, have been remade. So what? No what.

    I agree Ralph was a dolly little dude, and one’s reaction to him could easily be confused with sexual tension. (“Get thee behind me, vile temptation.”) When the sailor lacks a lady, as in a voyage with Cooke or Magellan, he looks at a laddie…

    I could not see Karate Kid again. But I would love to re-watch the Crossroads movie with Mister Maccio learning the electric blues guitar. It really is bad luck for the man who is androgenous as a boy and teen.

  32. Freeda says:

    I saw the pre-release of the new Karate Kid. My reaction, as with many more who were there? Jaden Smith should leave the acting to his father Will Smith. Jaden lacks the ability to draw out any heartfelt emotion. He was merely acting out the stereotypical black kid with attitude role, YAWN, give it a rest already.

    It was impossible to take Jackie Chan seriously after years of seeing him play very well in comedic roles.

    The remake of Karate Kid lacks any heart or emotion. It was tough not to fall asleep, but nearly impossible to stop my mind from wondering off.

  33. bradenbost says:

    I really don’t think I could have said it better myself. Turning a classic cartoon or TV show into a modernized movie is okay, and usually a fun idea (even if Transformers and GI Joe did turn out awful, it was no sin to want to do it in the first place). But classic movies? What’s next? Cassablanca? The Godfather? In ten years will we get a Forrest Gump remake?

    Oh, and let me add in that I also am annoyed that it’s Kung Fu in a movie called The Karate Kid. How perfectly American to think that they’re interchangeable.

  34. Tati says:

    I agree. I got very desappointed with this remake. Although I really enjoy Jackie Chan, this movie should call something else such as Kung Fu Kid. It would be inspired and a tribute to a timeless Karatê Kid.

  35. dtrasler says:

    I agree with the rage and fury over remakes, but please, please don’t believe it’s because there are no new plots or stories out there. I’m a writer, and I have many friends who are film writers writing new and exciting films every day. The bottom line is the return on investment. Films cost millions, and the studios are run by businessmen, not moviemakers, who want guaranteed profits rater than great movies. Remaking old movies ensures an audience (the folks who watched the original, plus they’ll probably drag their kids along, remembering how they liked it first time around.) Tie-ins are the other big draw, hence the fever pitch bidding for books like “Twiglet”…ooops, I meant “Twilight” and Percy Jackson. Everybody wants to own the next Harry Potter. And don’t believe for a minute that they’re spitting the last Twilight story in half to do justice to the story…They want another movie’s worth of ticket and dvd sales.

  36. Sweeper says:

    Of course I need to now chime in as the Martial Artist having trained in the arts for over 25 years and play the devil’s advocate
    I hate to break it to folks but style in the original is not even TRUE Karate and is more of a mix between Kempo Karate (something completely different) and Kung Fu.  The infamous crane kick is in fact Kung Fu.  So blame the original director for screwing that up.
     
    It’s my understand the director purposely called it Karate Kid just to stir up this debate knowing folks like yourself would all get your panties in a bunch.
    I can appreciate that the folks not familiar with martial arts at all like this movie and what it’s about and the whole overcoming hardship blah blah blah…and as someone put it earlier essentially the same plot line in every single movie.    The reality is that the original Karate Kid is about as atrocious of martial arts acting as you can get.  It is a laughable attempt at even pretending to do something that would somewhat resemble a martial art.   Ralph Macchio is SO bad that he makes Barry from Sidekicks with Chunk Norris look awesome.  I’ll even go so far as to say that the martial arts acting in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is thousand times better than the karate kid, and they are wearing turtle suits for Christ sakes. (But then again it WAS Ernie Reyes Jr. who I will never speak ill of).
     
    If you want to see what martial arts SHOULD look like back in the 80’s I suggest watching Best of the Best, there is no beating this movie period, cheesy acting but amazing martial arts acting.  Or  if you can find it anywhere (unlikely) Sidekicks the TV series (with the above mentioned Ernie Reyes Jr. as a child).
     
    Today’s kids can relate to Jayden Smith.  Why would they EVER watch something as old as the Karate Kid, when they can watch Ong Bak, or even Ninja Assassin.  I will never let my kid (when I have one) watch the original because I know it’s just going to stunt his growth in the martial arts.
     
    Now I agree with everyone else…a remake of Goonies should be forbidden period.
     

  37. I feel the same way about this as I feel about the “re-make” of Clash of the Titans. It’s just like…. why?

  38. Wait a minute, sexual tension between Daniel and Miyagi? Naw!

    Karate Kid with my kids was great. Still, I’m looking forward to the remake with my grandchildren. I hope it is as timeless.

  39. davcorn says:

    Actually I don’t give a flip about remakes. If I’m not interested – I don’t watch them. Simple as that. Getting aggravated over something as pointless as a remake of a movie that occurred when we were kids is a waste of time.

    I’m sure my dad was all, “Oh, my, GOD! They’re REMAKING WAR OF THE WORLDS!!! HOW DARE THEY???”. Ummm. No.

    Maybe because the Gen X’ers are coming of age, righteous indignation is par for the course?

    Lastly, I bought a book one time, “Writing Screenplays That Sell” and it used The Karate Kid as the PERFECT example of a well crafted screenplay. Note the title of the book – “Sell” – that’s what Hollywood exists for.

  40. blinkjet says:

    Hahaahah….just came across your blog and read this post….hilarious!

    I’m a total fan of ‘The Karate Kid’! I’m sure the new one won’t be a patch on the original…unless you’re talking algae or fungi.

    In fact, many remakes tend to bomb…look at what they did to Hitchcock’s Psycho. Some remakes try to be ghosts of their predecessors while others run with a flag, announcing so many different ‘twists’ as compared to the original, that one weeps for the script that once was.

    Thanks for your post! 🙂

  41. Just proves hollywood is completely out of original ideas. Sequels, prequels, remakes, turn a teevee show into a movie, or perhaps another super hero movie. Boring. Perhaps that is why I haven’t seen a movie in 10 years. Television is no better. Perhaps next fall they can make another contest show where people audition in front of a panel of judges! And one of the judges must be snotty and british. Oh, and speaking of british, perhaps our networks can rip off another british show and fool us into thinking it is original.

  42. edenchanges says:

    Let’s face it remaking this is a crime.

    I won’t be watching.

    Stephen

  43. wilderquill says:

    This isn’t a remake. It looks like a completely different movie…granted it’s got the same premise, but it’s obvious it is not the same.

    I think studio execs probably realized that the only way people were going to go to this movie was if they stamped a legitimate name on it and Karate Kid ( and Karate Kid 4 or 5 wasn’t going to cut it) was it.

    Honestly, who would go to this movie if it didn’t have that title…maybe a few kids, but adults would stay clear.

  44. Maureen says:

    I never saw the original Karate Kid, but I do agree with your point. All these remakes just ruin good things. If they were to remake The Goonies, I’ll bet anything the kids wouldn’t be nearly as charming or genuine as the original gang.

  45. sannekurz says:

    If there would be at least some new view, new ideas or new reasons why to make this film (again) – some movies – mostly literature adaptions like Wuthering Heights, who has been re-made 6 times so far – are living with their time and indeed are reinvented each time they are remade…and they do carry a new spirit and look and shed light on a side so far unseen…but Karate Kid remade?? – pleeeease..

  46. Debbie says:

    I think in many circumstances it has to do with a lack of good new ideas, and an attempt to make a profit off of older (i.e. already proven) good ideas.

    http://www.DorkyDeb.com

  47. trapperhoney says:

    i HATE remakes, i think it is people trying to make a buck off something that did well to begin with. i think it is laziness and arrogance. i for one will not see the a-team movie because it is not holding to the spirit of the series, that was what made the a-team such a great show, and NO ONE can hope to fill George Peppard’s shoes as Hannibal. I like Jackie Chan, but I’m not a fan of remakes and won’t be watching any of them.

  48. Pirogoeth says:

    I completely agree. I’m getting tired of all these remakes and reboots. Batman needed it. But all these classic movies don’t need to be remade. There’s a reason they’re classics. If you want to remake a movie that was a flop or virtually unknown, go ahead. But you don’t go and remake Citizen Kane because you can’t think of anything else to do!

  49. Dan says:

    I want to see a remake of the Breakfast Club, only they have to use the exact same actors and actresses, exact same set, costumes and exact same soundtrack. The same movie, only add 25 years. Can Estevez still do handsprings? Can Judd Nelson still crawl through the ceiling? I’d pay to see this.

  50. viralfirm says:

    I still need to see this movie just to “put my money where my mouth is” (although I don’t feel it’ll make a difference, sure as hell didn’t with Elm Street or Alice) since I actually wrote on this movie not that long ago. I feel that that this remake is not only seemingly unnecessary, but I feel it’s a bit ignorant as well. I’m not sure how deep the rabbit hole goes (as I haven’t seen the movie yet) but just all the trailers I’ve seen (extended included), all the synopses I’ve read, it’s just a train wreck. Not to mention the fact that when I first saw the trailers on TV I kept getting mildly excited because I thought there was going to be a Boondocks movie. Although, honestly, Jaden wouldn’t even make a good Riley. Grrr…I was tolerating THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL until that forest scene with him and Keanu Reeves alone in the woods. I kept hoping Keanu would just snap his neck and toss him aside, but no he befriends the bugger and decides that the Earth is Worth Saving (unbelievably) due to Jaden. WHO WRITES THIS GARBAGE!?!?

    I’d rant more, but if anyone’s interested in my views at all, they can just read my blog, as i post about visual storytelling a good deal…

  51. fal82us says:

    My first reactions to the remake of Karate Kid was “WHY THE HELL?!?!”. As you said the original Karate Kid movies were some of the most awesome movies I had seen as a 8 yrs old (that mantis kick in part one’s end was pure awesome-ness). Sure Jackie Chan is an amazing Kung Fu master, but making a remake is pain stupid. I think this remake trend will continue and will end up making bad movies, Deer Hunter remake anyone??

  52. Hollywood hasn’t run out of ideas. They don’t come up with ideas. They rely on outside writers to bring them fresh ideas. They’ve run out of balls to take a chance on original ideas. You know why? It’s not them, it’s us. When you’re in line at the box office picking a movie to see, you think to yourself, “I know what ‘Sex and the City’ is, I know what ‘Shrek’ is, I’ve played the ‘Prince of Persia’ video game, I know what ‘The Karate Kid’ is. But I have no idea what this ‘Splice’ thing is. Better not take a chance on that.”

  53. Hollywood needs to stop remaking movies I enjoyed as a kid. What’s wrong with the originals? That’s why these films are called classics. Leave them alone!

  54. Ro says:

    The reason the movie is called The Karate Kid is because the Jaden character is constantly beaten up by the schoolyard bullies. When he tried to defend hismelf using the karate he’d learned back in LA, they defeat him and whenever they beat him afterwards, call him the karate kid.

    Calm down now, all of you!

  55. gregw89 says:

    I definitely agree. Some movies are better off left alone
    Karate Kid is a classic and I see no problem with today’s kids watching it and enjoying it (it’ not even in black & white!). I refuse to see the new version and am appalled that they are even considering remaking The Goonies too. I feel like telling he new generation: “Get your own movies and stop taking ours!”

  56. I understand your frustration, and I agree movies have as lately been lazy with most of them being remakes. I mean look at the rumors of even Xmen, Spiderman, and Fantastic four remakes (relaunch).

    I haven’t seen the Karate Kid (the new one) and will probably see it just because I haven’t not seen a Jackie Chan no matter how bad the movie is. I think they should have named it the Kung Fu Kid…sense he didn’t learn Karate, and the fact that its Chinese, not Japanese thats portrayed in the movie.

    What I guess keeps me from eeh not getting piss at all these old movies made new is the fact that maybe young ones that watch the new remakes as we did the old one will enjoy and become part of their child good as they did ours.

    But if they touch the Goonies… There FUCKED

  57. kaymakayla says:

    I absuloutly crazy about the orginal Karate Kid it was amazing i just watched part 1 & part 2 yesterday and im only 14! Ralpha Macchio was extremly attractive as a kid aha but anyways in my peronal opinoin the new Karate Kid looks really good its something kid and teens today will really enjoy althoug im sure i’ll love the orginial Karate Kid way more! 🙂

  58. popscure says:

    I’ll be protecting my childhood by not watching any of these profit seeking, 2nd grade remakes. I’m tired of Hollywood taking a shortcut instead of coming up with original ideas. I feel really bad for the talented, yet unemployed writers.

  59. blackwatertown says:

    “Would there be an uproar from our parents generation if some jackass in Hollywood announced a new Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid starring Nicolas Cage and Aston Kucher?”

    Do you know – I wish you hadn’t said that. You’ve lodged the idea in Michael Bay’s mind.

  60. sonsothunder says:

    Actually, there have been at least 3 different versions of the Butch and Sun-dance tale.

    In fact, many of the movies that those of you young enough to think that Butch&Sundance is an old movie,think are original first time movies, are in fact re-makes.

    None of the remakes that I know of take away from the original ones. Some are actually a little better, but, most are not.

    1991’s Cape Fear, in my opinion, though I like De’Niro, was a flop compared to the 1962 original.But, then, De’Niro’s poor attempt at sounding southern, didn’t help.

    And then of course, De Niro, and Nolte, not quite the stars of their time, as were Robert Mitchum, and Gregory Peck were of their time.

    De Niro, of course, is gaining still in popularity, and in my opinion, even acting skill’s. He actually sounded a little more Southern in Men of Honor.

    Okay, I got a little off track…Point is, there are movie remakes coming out all the time, that probably over 90% of the viewers never knew were remakes.

    Also, there are remakes of movies that I loved the original versions of, which have had no affect on how I view the original.

    Some may even be a little better made, or seem to actually be made better, in the acting. But, even if they are better, unless the original was one that I never liked to begin with, the new ones didn’t substitute the older one, only honored it.

  61. Jason says:

    Will Smith and his family were on the Oprah show doing a segment on their family life and also talked about the movie.

    Anyway, Will said that Jaden wanted to continue a acting after he did The Pursuit of Happyness and Will was looking for a script. The Karate Kid was one of Wills’ favorite movies and he thought it was a good choice for Jaden to play the character that Ralph played.

    It is what it is and we can’t change it so no use fighting it. I’m sure it will appeal to a younger generation who where not around to see the original.

    What made the original movie a success is:
    -Ralph was a popular teen idol, Jaden is not so much.
    -Pat Morita’s acting MADE the character of Mr. Miyagi.
    -80’s classic vibe that can never be duplicated.
    -Original script and story not a remake.

  62. tlkirby says:

    I completely agree, rebirths are acceptable, film adaptations from T.V. series (I can’t wait to watch A-Team!) are awesome (I’m waiting for Quantum Leap), but to “remake” this ultimate classic is horrible. Especially transforming the Japanese cultural influence to Chinese Kung Fu. I will not be watching this new remake, even though I’m a Jackie Chan fan.

    • Indie says:

      Quantum Leap! I loved that series “Oh Boy!”
      Thanks for the reminder tlkirby 🙂

      As for the remake – meh, entertainment is cyclical. It’ll end up on some graveyard shift of some invested studio company’s cable channel for the delinquent insomniac who’s gonna watch it anyway. I enjoyed the ever pubescent Ralph Macchio who was around 23 at the time of filming the original, go figure!

      I’d love a Remington Steele do-over with the original cast members, now that’d be classic 🙂

  63. artimagica says:

    Oh man, I couldn’t agree more. You know, there are tons of books being written every day. There are stories out in the world being generated every day. There is so much material to draw from to create new movies. Why do “people” feel they have to go where others have already gone. So sad.

  64. Songbird says:

    I agree- remakes hardly EVER work- remember the original Fame? (the movie, not the Tv series) it was gritty, sweaty and at times brilliant and actually quite dark, the remake they released was just utter glossed over tosh for the High School Musical generation.

  65. shenanitims says:

    Hollywood’s been remaking itself since it began. Cleopatra had been remade numerous times before the (what most consider) definitive 1963 Elizabeth Taylor version (1912, 1913, 1917, 1920, 1934 just to name a few). Granted, those were based of Shakespeare’s play, but the idea behind them still holds here. Once you own the rights to a property, and it’s been successful in the past, why wouldn’t you remake it?

    (Not to mention the innumerable versions of Dracula out there.)

    Sentimentality does not make for good business after all. And Hollywood needs all the help it can muster these days. The aforementioned Cleopatra property saved FOX studios in ’63. Perhaps this’ll allow Columbia to remain solvent a few more years…

    • shenanitims says:

      Addendum: how could I forget that this is the second remake for the franchise?

    • Sedate Me says:

      “Once you own the rights to a property, and it’s been successful in the past, why wouldn’t you remake it?”

      Because you already paid to make it and have better movies to make with the money (Oh, yeah. They don’t.)

      As for Cleopatra…

      Yes, Cleopatra (1963) was a good movie, won lots of awards, was at the top of the Box Office and bumped up Fox’s image, but it cost Fox $44 million to make and only made them $26 million…and we’re talking 1963 dollars here. That’s serious “failure”, even for a major “success”.

      It may have helped Fox in the long run, but it was more likely to have killed them off at the time. They basically had to put the entire studio on hold and cease production of other films to ensure Cleopatra was finished. I heard that the main reason they didn’t stop the bloated production was that they had no choice but to finish it because they couldn’t eat the loss.

  66. jasmandii says:

    Great post I find it very interesting and entertaining!

    Joan
    Jasmandii.wordpress.com

  67. sophistaphunk says:

    Could you imagine them remaking Stand By Me?

    God the anger… LOL

  68. Cilla says:

    Totally understandable! I think the karate kid was a great movie. Leave the great movies of the 80’s alone! I swear if they remake Goonies I am going to shoot someone!

    As far as these two movies are concerned It’s like saying that Romeo and Juilet and West Side Story are the same thing. Hello they are completely different and one was a great love story and the other one just sucked! (I mean dancing gangs, come on!)

    But enough of my ranting. I’ll watch the movie but I doubt it will hold a candle to the original.

  69. The review in my local paper said this was overly long (2 hours and 20 minutes!) and that Smith’s in way over his head as far as his acting ability is concerned.

    And yeah, it’s hard to not accuse this film of cashing in on a classic and recognizable franchise when the kid doesn’t even learn karate. Ridiculous.

    On the other hand, the same paper gave The A-Team 3 (out of 4) stars, so The Karate Kid must be really bad.

  70. steveworks says:

    I believe that these people are re-making a lot of movies because that is the only way they can make money. They don’t have good writers to come up with original stories and they don’t feel comfortable taking the risks that new stories entale.

    It’s like video games. there are a million that look and play similarly because they can’t afford the risk.

    This is why I prefer the well made indie films.

  71. i believe you guys missed the whole point of the origial and remake…. wasn’t the movie about discipline…not giving up on yourself…facing your fears…etc…maybe i saw something different…

    and further more…i think its a great thing to remake GOOD movies and shows… i want my kids exposed to those things…no w remaking nightmare on elm and friday the 13th…stoooopid…

    remaking a classic is great…if my kids looked at today what i looked at yesterday…they would be so busy layghing at the graphics…they would miss the movie….its like redoing a song or moms recipe…as long as its done right…its ok with me….

    i would rather see a remake of something i liked…than a new something i hated…like Avatar…
    but that’s just me going against the grain AGAIN…

    Hope
    http://hopelesslycrushingonyou.wordpress.com

  72. by the way…i hated the goonies…and so did my kids…

    Hope
    http://hopelesslycrushingonyou.wordpress.com

  73. Ivan Bautista says:

    I have not seen the remake yet, but I hope to do it tonight or tomorrow night. I also loved the original, and even some of the sequels, not so much for the protagonist but for Pat Morita, he was great on his roll, I guess I felt somekind of connection with the protagonist but just like the original poster said “that is another story”. Before watching the movie I fear they butchered the original, but also believe that the new protagonist and the supporting actors are this time more physically fit and connected with martial arts and can deliver with the help of newer technology a more eye catching performance, I don’t expect them to be as inspiring as Mr Miyagi, because I’m not a kid anymore and these are not the 80’s. I suggest to rent the original and watch the special features, it talks about the making of teh movie and how they needed to train the actors. I’ll try to follow up on this once I see the movie.

  74. Deej says:

    I’m sad that they made a Karate kid movie again. Worse thing for me is that it could have worked if they didn’t make it a remake and were using KUNG FU! Really kung fu, and you are calling it Karate Kid?

    Movies that should never be remade:
    Karate Kid (sadly already done)
    Rockey Horror Picture show
    Goonies
    The Princess Bride (it’s timeless as it is)
    Red Dawn ( sadly once again it’s been remade)
    The Breakfast Club
    Ferris Bueller
    The Godfathers
    The outsiders
    Top Gun
    I could go on and on. The thing is by doing remakes with movies is just showing that Hollywood can not come up with any good ideas anymore. But instead of taking movies that were bad in the first place and making them better they are taking great classics from our time and making them worse. ( at least to us who grew up on them) Can’t you wait until we all have memory problems before destroying our childhoods?

  75. barrymanana says:

    Mainstream movies are creatively on the downside of the bell curve – remakes are like retread tires – they wear thin very quickly. There’s far more creative latitude in re-imagining. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland comes to mind.

    • Ivan Bautista says:

      Alice in Wonderland was a great book, but the newer movie- mmmmmm – if it wasn’t for the effects it would not have been worth seeing, it lacked in story, it didn’t really lived up to expectations, unless they were low.

      • barrymanana says:

        I kind of agree – my point is that it’s far more interesting to play around with a story than go for the straight remake.
        Burton’s AiW would have come off better if it wasn’t so juxtaposed to it’s audiences expectations from the book. You’re right though, it is flawed plot-wise – but it does have a wry humour and is frequently off-message enough to make it watchable. It’s a romp, and more directors should take a path like that instead of using the ‘just-add-water’ approach to a remake.

  76. The re-makes are rarely good. I did like Little Women with Winona instead of one with Hepburn or with Allison.

  77. The reason they keep making stupid remakes of movies is because stupid people keep paying money to see them.

  78. Agreed. These remakes diminish the substance and impact of these movies. What if they remade Pretty in Pink or the Breakfast Club? It would completely ruin a timeless classic. Some things are better left alone!

  79. Lulu says:

    If there is a remake,it will ruin the glory of love of the original movie. And I am kinda sad:-((

  80. suzrocks says:

    To me, the industry is out of ideas. Just like the disappointing new version of Nightmare on Elm St I have little faith in this too. I agree with your sentiment on the original Karate Kid. It’s just like all these horrible remakes of old songs. Out of ideas. Maybe part of the reason is because new talent isn’t really promoted… key word is talent there. Everything today is too cookie cutter commercialized garbage. Neither industry leave much space for creativity or fresh ideas. Only more of the same. I heard a remake of the Warriors was done too, but I’ve avoided it at all costs.

  81. itswithtwors says:

    Hey, I completely get what you’re trying to say, but what about those kids that are watching this remake? They deserve the same entertainment you did when you were a child, especially in a time when everything is all about the sex, etc, etc. I get that a lot of the times the movie business is just trying to make remakes because they don’t have any fresh ideas but there are still kids out there that deserve movies like these, that originate from the classics that we all enjoyed as children. And, who knows, they might get curious about the original and watch it..they might think it’s even better than the new one, just like we all do with music artists when they do covers of classics 🙂

  82. home jobs says:

    Interesting post.

  83. Duncan says:

    There is noway this movie has the same chemistry.
    I like jackie chan but this doesn’t fit

  84. monkeearmada says:

    Just another in a list of “Hollywood Raping My Childhood”, I don’t know if I’m more upset about this or the A-Team. And don’t even get me started on the fact that the kid isn’t even learning karate in this one! They could have called this movie the Kung-fu kid and started a whole new franchise instead of trying to piggie-back off a classic.

  85. Jason says:

    The original Karate Kid is a classic. It was also directed by a genius that won an Academy Award for Rocky. I like Will’s kid in Pursuit of Happyness. That was a great movie. But having him star in a remake of a classic film fails to deliver.

    With Jackie reprising the role of the late Pat Morita, it is a misrepresentation of the Karate Kid theme. Pat made me want to become a karate champion. Many would also agree that Elisabeth and Ralph had great chemistry.

    No karate movie will ever compare to the original Karate Kid film. Maybe the remake will be action packed. Will the antagonist ever be like the hated Johnny character? I may watch the new Karate Kid to compare the two of them.

    Jason

  86. goldenpast says:

    I am actually excited about the new Karate Kid…
    I hope that’s not TOO horrible..

    BUT… the goonies remake would not be a good idea whatsoever!

  87. anonymouslassie says:

    maybe they should remake movies that suck and make them really good 🙂 instead of redoing classics… they almost always get lower marks. 🙂

  88. Ashling Cranford says:

    My issue with the re-make is more the ages of the leads. I mean why in this day and age would a mother allow her, forgive me if I’m wrong, 12 year old son hang around with a middle age man she barely knows?
    If he was in a cascok and dog collar I doubt she’d be eager to let him near her son.

    At least Daniel was a bit older so it didn’t seem so weird, but in this remake you have Chan beat up a group of 12 yr olds.
    When Miyagi did it, it was a group of 16/17 year olds. Thats more understandable, but a grown man kung-fuing the shit out of 12 yr olds just screams prison term.

  89. Señora López says:

    Wow – surprised to see so many people didn’t like it. I went and saw it last night with my family and we all loved everything about it. I can’t think of a single criticism. Acting was great all around, funny yet touching, good lessons, nice soundtrack, enough action, great modernized story line… I think Jaden Smith has a bright future, and Jackie Chan has always been one of my favorites. I usually hate re-makes but I thought this was fantastic. I’m sure martial arts in general will see a surge of new students as a result of the film, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s so good for kids to build up their self esteem, discipline, etc.

  90. Now I get it why the name kept ringing a bell in nmy mind..

  91. dsknight says:

    This particular remake has testosterone all over it-but, to be fair, I have not seen it so I cannot, in good conscience, say that it will be so horribly misogynist in nature that kids should be shielded from it. (Not that I’d do that anyway. 😛 ) I just was not thrilled to see that a film I knew and loved as a kid was being remade (as in the post above.) If they start remaking The Goonies, Willow, Beetlejuice and others I’ll have finally lost all hope for the film industry taking chances on new, original story lines and just banking on the popularity of something that was already well done before.

    So, to finish I believe that if I ever see this remake it will be after it has reached DVD so I don’t have to spend $14 for myself and my daughter to see it.

  92. Natalya says:

    You know, they remake all these classics such as Karate Kid and the ones that are in talks or production such as The Outsiders & Red Dawn.

    To me, it’s a slap in the face to the original actors. You have Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and do I have to go on?

    These movies were great because these actors MADE them great. To remake these priceless movies, out of all the movies, with d-list names is just way beyond belief.

    I agree with someone’s comment above, these “writers” need to start writing and stop copying. If it’s that hard to come up with new scripts — you might want to reconsider your career.

  93. CC says:

    My brother said the new one was actually pretty good. I couldn’t sit through the first one because it wasn’t my style of movie so it holds not iconic value to me personally. I understand your distaste for remakes though. I think at some point a line has to be drawn. The question is when and where? Hm.

  94. gotoffs says:

    Whether you are for remakes or not, we must all agree that remakes should not tarnish our enjoyment of an original version. We always have the choice not to watch them. However, I’ll agree that that isn’t enough justification for the existence of some remakes.

    What is the justification of a movie like “The Karate Kid”? The answer is that there really isn’t one deeper than making money. “The Karate Kid” is a name; it’s a franchise, and because of that, it has the ability to make a nice amount of money. But if the film doesn’t do anything to improve or comment on anything else, then why do we need to shovel out extra money to see it?

    One of the greatest remakes that I’ve seen is “The Departed.” (Yes, “The Departed is a remake of a Chinese film called “Infernal Affairs.”) The American remake divorced the same story from it’s Chinese culture, and it paired it with a Boston/Irish setting. In doing so, the film comments on different things than the original did.

    Unfortunately (as one of the commenters said above), we live in a world where remakes make money. I’ll admit that I’m part of the problem. I see some of these movies, but I’m trying my hardest not to see “The Karate Kid.” I know that every ticket sale for this movie will make Hollywood one step closer to greenlighting a “Back to the Future” remake, and that my friends, will be heart breaking. (“Back to the Future” is a perfect movie and it needs not be remade!)

    Kudos for a good post.

    Flog Out – Gotoffs

    http://www.gotoffs.wordpress.com

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  98. aceofsahms says:

    I am actually looking forward to seeing this movie. I loved the first, but I also enjoy how writers have the ability to remake movies with their own creative twists.

  99. Great post – I agree with you.

    I re-blogged to my site, I don’t know how folks feel about this new thing, but I love that my friends will see this post of yours so I hope you won’t mind.

    Be well,
    M.L.

  100. It’s like if someone tried to re-make The Sound of Music. Or better yet, take a musical like The King & I and cartoonify it. Oh yeah, that happened already.

  101. Mortira says:

    I think we can compare this kind of remake to reality TV. It’s cheaper, faster and easier to polish off something that once made a lot of money, than to make something original.

    This might even be a good movie on it’s own. But they’re using the prestige of a classic hit to sell tickets. It’s like when disposable musicians sample from rock hits. The sad thing is that it usually works.

  102. This little boy is my favorite child actor. I love him so much. I hope he doesn’t grow up into drugs and trouble but stays the sweet person he is today.

  103. natinanorton says:

    Okay, I’m totally with you on the over abundance of remakes, or “re-imaginings,” or whatever they want to pretend they are these days. I’m even an old school Karate Kid fan as well. That said though, I love Jackie Chan so I’ll have to reserve my judgment until I actually see the flick. At least in this case they’re not using the same story and pretending it’s not the same movie, am I right?

    As for The Outsiders, The Goonies, and Red Dawn? Ya gotta be kidding me! Why does Hollywood insist on messing with the classics? I’m afraid to sound a bit like my dad when I say this, but can’t they come up with something original anymore?

    Natina
    http://crosswordcharlie.wordpress.com/

  104. David B says:

    I could not believe my eyes when I saw they were remaking The Karate Kid. And the nerve of Mr. Jackass (will smith) to put his spoiled son in it just makes it a straight up sucker punch to the gonads.

  105. Because they’ve run out of fresh, new ideas?

  106. Because there’s nothing left but parasites?

  107. I am RIGHT THERE with you! I thought the exact same thing when I heard they were remaking one of our generation’s rights of passage. Unfortunately, it will probably make too much money, which will convince Hollywood execs that they’ve done a good job. SIGH. Thus we’ll begin facing another similar situation soon enough. :/

  108. ariessun75 says:

    I agree 100% The challenge is that the hollywood churning machine has not originality. It has all been done. I recognize the need to connect a new community to a story but, you are totally right, the movie the original had elements that you cannot find in anything other than an original. I will probably go and see it again for just clarity but I must admit…I’m not surprised.

  109. My Dad had watch that Movie like hundres of times, we even had a fence in the house yet. Ha! Lots of movies are in the remake, so we just have to be patient and hope that it really bring not just great memories but keep the juice of it. Times change, and those were slower and at some point no so polluted, or at least no polluted and “know”. Anyway, I have to go now to paint some fences, the patio, and clean the neighbor car. See ya!
    ~Great Love to you!!
    Mirian from peelingtheorange. “)

  110. fable32 says:

    I’m linking this post to mine because you basically just said everything I was thinking about this topic, so thank you.

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  112. bmj2k says:

    Once they remake Goodfellas with Ashton Kutcher I’m so out of here.

  113. williewizzy says:

    It’s not. From what i see, they should name it KungFu Kid rather than Karate Kid.

  114. savereyes says:

    For the longest time, I shared the same sentiment with regard to re-makes. In that very rare instance, the remake is much better than the original. But, the argument you pose concerning the “ruining the of your childhood memories” is something I never understood. It’s not like they’re, in the words of Will Smith in MIB, shiny-flashy thinging that original movie out of your brain and replacing it with the new movie. That original movie is still there for you to enjoy. I’m sure the newer re-imagining will fade into obscurity, if it fails to live up to the original just like countless other movies. What bugs me most about re-making movies is that Hollywood could be looking to more original ideas instead of relying on brand recognition. The same thing goes for sequels.

  115. Why are they remaking “The Karate Kid”? The only reason I will being watch this because of Mr. JC. I’m so hopping the new The Karate Kid movie is better.

  116. tokyo5 says:

    I wrote a post about this when I first heard the movie was in production (and then I updated the post more recently).

    Rather than a Karate Kid remake…I would’ve liked to see Jackie Chan star in a remake of the ’70s American TV series “Kung-Fu“.

    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/karate-kid-remake/

  117. Jenna says:

    possibly totally somewhat unrelated…

    we watched the OUTSIDERS recently with my 12 year old son… great movie, but for the soundtrack… it was so old fashion and corny to my ears, and I am quite tolarant…

    how about instead of a remake… how about a re-working with a new sound track… that would make that movie absolutely perfect in my world.

  118. If they remake Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (especially with Nicholas Cage & Ashton Kutcher), there will be mass casualties.

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  121. Ayden says:

    Over the next two years, more than 50% of the movies being released are either remakes or sequels.

    Remakes have a high probability of probably being good.

    Maybe.

  122. Does Hollywood need to remake this many ideas? Have they always done this? Or has blockbuster movie making become so expensive that they feel the story can not be new and untested?

  123. There comes a time when things should be left as is, but i believe this isn’t. At first glance i believed this to be a joke but when i actually saw the clips and decided not to view it as something that wont bloom. I began to understand the purpose of the first karate kids, which was to inspire. Who better to starr in the movie then jackie chan who has inspired millions. Its not our decision to say that they should not or it wont. Our times has passed and we are no longer children. This was an excellent movie and truly captured the beauty of martial arts. I have been training for 4 years with my uncle grandmaster robert crosson who is recognized in the martial arts around the world. This movie is one of the many that has inspired me and i hope others.

  124. Joel Dart says:

    I agree that some classics such as Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life, Around the World in 80 Days, Princess Bride, etc, should be left alone. There is no need to gamble their well-earned reputation and popularity. I felt the same way you did when they remade the Audrey Hepburn movie Charade. As for King Kong, 1976 remake was terrible, but Peter Jackson’s was pretty good. Being three hours long was unnecessary, but I am glad PJ made improvements on both visual effects, action sequences, and the core relationship of the film.
    Sure, there are a few exceptions. Take Disney’s The Parent Trap. Personally, I thought the 1998 remake was a little more clever and funnier.
    Now, when it comes to reboots that is for film franchises in need of saving. As you provided, Batman is an excellent example. Most of the 20th century films were a disaster. Then director Christopher Nolan came along, pressed restart, and made the 21st century Batman movies two of the best films under the superhero genre. The same needs to be said for Fantastic Four. Hopefully, we don’t need to wait till next century for that to happen. The same goes for TV series. Battlestar Galactica is an excellent example.

    • Sedate Me says:

      The 1976 re-make of King Kong wasn’t terrible. It’s special effects just look terrible…by 2010 standards. (Mind you, some prints are much better than others.) Outside of that, it was slightly better than most re-makes, which ain’t saying much. In its favour, there was quite a bit of natural beauty to look at in the movie and I’m not just talking about Jessica Lange.

      The movie would have been much better served if the monster had the same problem the monster did in its contemporary, Jaws, where Spielberg was forced to make a much better movie instead of relying on special effects as intended. Special effects become less-than-special surprisingly fast and any movie that relies on them will look silly soon enough.

      I saw most of the King Kong 2005 version. Half of it was pretty decent. The rest was utterly ludicrous. For example, the never-ending scene where 3 CGI T-Rex’s are so interested in eating this boney little blonde that they fight each other and then team up to battle a big CGI ape…and get their asses kicked. Yet while getting their asses kicked, the only thing they’re thinking about is getting this girl between their teeth. So much so, all 3 are willing to die for it.

      There’s a lot of “leaps of faith” with such an inter-species love movie, but dedicating so much screen time to something that idiotic is just too much. In time, I see the 2005 version being considered about as bad as the 1976 version.

  125. neverthewoman says:

    I just got home from watching the new one. First, I honestly thought it was NOT going to be a re-make, but just another movie in the franchise. It seemed different enough…different country, different martial art, different age kid, etc. Turns out, some of it was practically verbatim from the original. So, here are my problems (SPOILERS):

    1. Why make a Karate Kid movie and then point out several times that it is Kung Fu and not Karate.
    2. Why does a 12 year old kid (actually played by an 11 year old who looks 9) have to have a romantic moment with a girl? Oh, and how does someone who is 9 in 2006 get to be 12 in 2010 (according to a “timeline” at the beginning of the movie)? I guess the months could have been off and he could have been getting ready to turn 13.
    3. Jackie Chan did choreography typical of a Jackie Chan martial arts film which was great, but Pat Morita was much more interesting because his look and demeanor was opposite from his abilities with karate. I did enjoy that Chan fought the kids without ever hitting any of them (he made them hit each other), but watching Morita was like watching Yoda fight.
    4. Cobra kicks Crane’s *ss for the corniness award. I have always liked the crane move at the end of the original despite or maybe because of the cornball factor. But the cobra was WAAAAAAYYYY more corny.

    I will admit that I did like some things about the new one (Jaden is adorable; the chinese villains are scary as hell; humor was great; scenes from China were gorgeous), but when I realized it was a RE-MAKE, I was really disappointed. I think they could have just made this another movie in the franchise instead and leave the original alone. I am really getting irritated that Hollywood is doing more and more re-makes and movies based on TV than ever before. It is so unnecessary.

  126. They should never have remade a classic like the K-Kid. Plus, having will Smith’s kid as the lead is just blatant nepotism. Not cool.

  127. drusillah says:

    I agree with you, some things should just be left alone. I will not stand it if they make a Hook remake for example. They cannot tamper with people’s childhood memories like that!

    For that reason I do not want to see it. How dare they think they can match up to old classics??

    Congratulations on the feature as well 🙂 !

  128. ari ohlala says:

    I don’t think I could bear the idea of having a “Breakfast club” remake either…
    And by the way, don’t know if you’ve seen this excellent video that Ralph Macchio did for Funny or Die about the fact that he didn’t have much of a career becasue he wasn’t a bad boy.
    It’s hilarious !

  129. raisingable says:

    Karate Kid was fabulous 25 years ago and I’m hoping the new one will pack a similar punch. Can’t wait to see it.

    I used the classic WAX ON WAX OFF as the title of a chapter on my book on how chores teach children self-discipline — something that’s nearly absent among Millennials, who seek one-click fixes.

    The remake will bring the lessons to our consciousness, with a a boy of color in the title role. Sadly, bullying and racism are still with us 25 years later.

  130. ok… I ended up liking it.

  131. justdc says:

    it reminds me of a South Park episode when they basically said that Spielberg raped Indiana Jones, although it wasn’t a remake I think it is fitting for the Karate Kid, they just need to leave these things alone. Not because it was a hit means it has to be done over. It was a fantastic movie then, I just hope the REAL Mr Miyagi isn’t rolling in his grave.

  132. Sedate Me says:

    Hollywood has been doing re-makes since before Hollywood was located in Hollywood. However, some very important things have changed in recent decades.

    1.) Once upon a time, only “major motion pictures” (A-list stuff) would open on more than a few hundred screens. The rest would “see where it goes from there”. If audiences responded, they’d get more screens. (A modern example would be My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Not every film made it to every city. Heck, until the late 70’s, many movies were intended to play only in drive-ins. Many audiences wouldn’t a recognize the re-make as a re-make, even if the original was done 2 years earlier.

    Today, even D list movies open in every market and dissapear just as fast. The differnce is we all have to endure the turkeys instead of having them filtered out before they get to our town. Also, the obscene level of Hollywood pre-hype ensures that no re-make goes unnoticed, even the craptacular ones that deserve to go unnoticed (see: Rollerball 2002)

    2) People live longer and so do movies. Thanks to the 500 channel universe, many old stuff is just shown to fill airtime on the cheap. Not much goes away, so some 30-40 year old originals are still too fresh in the public mind to re-make without many a “Are you kidding me?” It also raises expectations because originals get airtime just before a re-make comes out. So if it doesn’t measure up, even a decent remake falls flat (See: Planet Of The Apes).

    3) For a while, many re-makes didn’t use the original’s name. They took the concept, updated or altered it, and put it out as something quasi-original under an assumed name. This at least gave the audience some credit, unlike today, where it’s “Just slap a familiar title on it and the idiots will line up.”

    4) A lot of the re-makes these days have no similarity to the originals, other than their name. Some of them, (Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch) are more than just cynical exploitation, they are insulting parodies of the original. These things actually cause collateral damage to the original.

    5) Few remakes are more interested in improving the original than cashing in on it. A lot of re-makes these days are just excuses to stick CGI into scenes that didn’t need them in the first place. I can’t wait for the Bullitt re-make where the CGI cars fly across the San Francisco Bay with the drivers firing rocket propelled grenades at each other as they steer and alter course in midair.

    Bottom line, re-makes stopped being worthwhile not long after the photocopier became standard office equipment, yet Hollywood cranks out copies just as fast as a photocopier. The only re-makes that should really be done are ones that take little known and/or badly made movies and improves on them. Unfortunately, that probably ain’t going to happen.

  133. Sedate Me says:

    These days, most remakes are just like the Polex watches or Guchi bags you see for sale on the street. They are cheap knock-offs made by hucksters looking for a quick buck by riding on the name of the original. On the outside, they may look like the original. But on the inside, they are usually just junk.

    The idea that a timeless classic like The Karate Kid is being remade is ridiculous. If you want to bring the series back to life, hire Ralph Macchio to train a new kid. (Asian? Grandchild of Miyagi, maybe?) Bam! There’s a better idea than a major studio came up with in 10 seconds.

    I can just see how this re-make movie came to be:

    Studio Exec: Lackies, one of my girlfriends needs a new Porche….
    Lackies: Me too, sir!
    Exec: and the ticket to ride is a summer, feel-good, family movie. Got any ideas?
    Lackies: No, sir. Haven’t had one in 10 years!
    Exec: Well let’s do a remake. Hire an old Asian guy people would recognize. Hire a recognizable kid. If you can’t get Justin Bieber, hire the kid of a famous actor, preferably a Scientologist like me. Call it The Karate Kid and have the script on my desk by tomorrow. See how Ultimate Fighting tests. If it tests well, do it… And while you’re at it, get me the movie rights to a lousy 20+ year old TV show we can cram full of CGI and explosions. My wife wants a Bentley.

  134. I understand the remake-angst, and I agree that the Macchio/Shue attraction is truly one of the largest “Yeah, Right!” moments in romantic comedy history (third only behind Meryl Streep/Steve Martin in It’s Complicated and Kelly McGillis/Tom Cruise in Top Gun) but I have hope, and some objective proof, that the classics can live through mediocre remake persecution. Case in point, It’s A Wonderful Life has survived two remakes that I know of (It Happened One Christmas-1977 and Merry Christmas, George Bailey-1997) and well over two hundred parody-type references (thank IMDb). And every year, we watch the original!

  135. pink magic says:

    pretty cool. A-Team has been on my to-see list for quite a while now

  136. ekweeks says:

    It’s sad how few original stories emerge in Hollywood, but out of the plethora of movie remakes, sequels, and comic book/video game re-imaginings, I didn’t think the Karate Kid was bad at all in the grand scheme of family-friendly summer blockbusters.

  137. […] Tweet(function() { var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'), s1 = document.getElementsByTagName('SCRIPT')[0]; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = 'http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js'; s1.parentNode.insertBefore(s, s1); })(); I have been thinking about this movie for the last few days and was going to write an article about it. I’m glad I didn’t because it would probably have been this article – VERBATIM! My real question is: How do you call it Karate Kid when he’s learning Kung-Fu?!? So I’ve touched on this before, but now that “K-Day” is actually just about here, I need to vent.  How can someone in good conscience remake a film as timeless as Karate Kid?  I just don’t understand it.  It is a classic that quarterlifers such as myself see as one of the major marks of their childhood.  Just because we have new te … Read More […]

  138. Amanda-Beth says:

    I’m just anoyed all you ever hear anymore sequel this remake of that I want to see something new.

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