Sony has released the first official images of The Karate Kid remake (formerly known as The Kung-Fu Kid). The images, which come to us courtesy of /Film, show Jaden Smith's character, Dre, training with Jackie Chan's character, Mr. Han; splashing around with his Chinese girlfriend; and showing off some pretty impressive flexibility.
To be honest, none of these four pictures are particularly exciting to me. I guess I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around why there is a remake of The Karate Kid in the first place. I'm not being ironic or nostalgic when I say that the original Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies to watch. I enjoy the story, the acting is solid, and I like how the movie has a message without pandering to the audience. Plus, you know, it has that Joe Esposito song, "You're the Best Around."
At least when it was called "The Kung Fu Kid" you could make the argument that it was less of a remake and more of a reinterpretation. Now, the title is just sort of illogical. After all, karate is traditionally associated with Japan, not China. But I digress.
Check out the pictures below:
There is definite potential for this movie. I know there are a lot of people who don't care much for Jaden Smith and assume he only gets parts because his dad is Will Smith, but I actually think he is fairly talented for his age. I think the real important thing is that the dynamic between Smith and Chan mirrors that of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the original Karate Kid. I'm a sucker for an underdog story, and if those two can get me to believe that they actually trust and respect each other, I might be okay with the film.
What do you think? Do these pictures make your more or less excited about The Karate Kid?
The Karate Kid comes to theaters June 11, 2010.