Monday, June 28, 2010

The Karate Kid

The Takeaway: William Zabka begins his career as "greatest teen dick" here in the original The Karate Kid. You know, the one where they actually use karate as the martial art of choice.

Format: Netflix Instant Streaming

From Van Damme's Universal Soldier, I decided to continue reliving my karate flick youth with another one we never stopped watching after martial arts class. Thankfully this one holds up well - very well. The Karate Kid is every bit as enjoyable years later as a somewhat full grown adult as it was when I was peeking into the girl's locker room, playing nintendo, sucking down soda like it's my lifeforce... wait a tick - yeah - not much has changed. And point being - neither has this wonderful film.

What makes The Karate Kid standout so much is the relationship between Miyagi and Daniel. This a relationship that each needs so desperately to feel complete in their life. We don't know what happens to Daniel's father - we just know the guy aint around. A boy needs a father - Miyagi steps in. Conversely - Miyagi lost his family. Daniel fills the void. It truly is touching and sweet and played to perfection by Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita.

Other standouts are the beautiful cinematography, energetic score, sensational 80s music soundtrack, and fishing boat loads of badass karate action. Hell - they even have a Halloween scene thrown in. When I think of 80s flicks, a few come to mind: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, Blade Runner, and The Karate Kid is right there along with (sound the cheese bell!) the best around.

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