Synopsis: Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.
Now I know there was some skepticism regarding this film, and I can see why many people weren't too thrilled about the reboot/remake/re-imagining of the 1984 film of the same name.
It's not an easy feat, pulling off a remake for a cult classic, but one could say that this film almost(just) matches the classic. Maybe not for the 80's kids who grew up on the original, but it could be the NEW Karate Kid for the kids of this generation.
Jaden Smith performed extremely well, there were definitely shades of his father coming out in some scenes, but at the same time, there were a lot of cheesy moments, like the scene where he does 'the robot'. It wasn't sweet, it was really corny and clichéd.
The fight scenes and the training that led up to it were easily the best parts of the film. Clearly, a lot of effort went into making the fighting seem legitimate, something which I felt was achieved with some of the spectacular fighting which took place.
It was nice seeing small nods to the original, still maintaining some semblance of the original Karate Kid film within the new.
A fun, family film, personally, I felt this remake was well done, unlike some modern ones today.