There is something charming and decent about this remake of "The Karate Kid," starring Jaden Smith as Dre Parker, a 12-year-old, who moves to China with his mother, and before you can say "wax on, wax off," he's being bullied by the locals.
Dre eventually finds Mr. Han, played with surprising subtlety and dignity by Jackie Chan.
The master trains the young student in the ways of Kung Fu, to defend himself in a tournament, and just like the original with Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio, there is a defining moment when the training sinks in.
"The Karate Kid" is directed with a human touch by Harald Zwart and produced by Jaden's parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Shot on the streets of Beijing, the film runs long, at just under two and a half hours, but it works as a motivating kid's version of "Rocky."
More importantly, The PG-rated "Karate Kid" takes the audience on a special journey into another culture, filled with meaning and respect. This is a good film.