"In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying and the feeling is mutual but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life (Movie Details: Golden Village website)."
The film was great as it covered action, drama, romance and comedy. The story line was a bit similar to the original but way better and more realistic. It was also easy to understand. There were a lot of emotional scenes and action in this movie was secondary to me. Besides good acting performance from Jackie and Jaden, they had great chemistry. The shots of China scenery were breathtaking especially the scene where Jackie brought Jaden to the top of the mountain. I also like Jaden's martial arts training as it was fun and humorous. Seeing Jackie in a serious role with feeling and depth rather than his usual comical role was refreshing, and I was impressed. The only thing seems a bit weird to me is Jaden was a little young to fall in love with the girl. Anyway, Jaden has a lot of potential in future. Lastly, the movie title should be named "The Kung Fu Kid" as Jaden learned Chinese martial arts (kung fu) from Jackie and not Karate. The movie is suitable for audience of all ages and I highly recommend it to all of you out there. I will be getting the DVD in future and my overall movie rating is 3.5/5.