We saw THE KARATE KID (2010) June 12, 2010. The story is exactly the way it was told in the 1984 Karate Kid version that starred Ralph Macchio & the late Pat Morita !
The 2010 version is enhanced and enriched with the sights and sounds of BEIJING, CHINA that gives this new version an edge over the original plus it's a Jackie Chan movie too.
BUT the bonding of friendship between 21 year old Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Miyagi (Pat Morita) from Karate Kid 1984 was more convincing (and more logical) than the somewhat forced bonding between 12 year old Dre Parker (Smith) and Mr. Han (Chan).
It makes me think why remake a well-loved film from 1984 when it isn't broken in the first place, oh I get it...it's all about making money from a known franchise and perhaps Jaden Smith's vehicle towards fame and fortune !
The 2010 version would be greater IF the 1984 version didn't exist ! yet still, the 2010 version has all the ingredients to be a well-loved classic. BTW, this is Jackie Chan's dramatic moment even worthy for an Oscar nomination, yes no kidding.
My ratings : 4.5 out of 5 Biscuits ! (it would have been a 5 out of 5 if it's wasn't a remake :D )
JUSTIN BIEBER & JADEN SMITH Sings the theme song of KARATE KID (2010) 'Never Say Never'