The remakes keep on coming (I know, I know, collective groan). We already heard news of Will Smith's son Jaden and Jackie Chan stepping into roles for the update on The Karate Kid, and now we're getting a peek at the first trailer.
Judging by the preview, the general premise appears to be the same (boy gets harassed, trains in martial arts, and then faces his tormentor in competition), but this new version is definitely geared more to a family audience. Jaden Smith is teeny tiny in the Ralph Macchio part, the bullies are basically a Beijing elementary school yard gang, and a sweet, but baby-faced love interest is sitting in for Elisabeth Shue.
All of this just makes me want to go back and watch the original (and Mr. Miyagi's wax on, wax off scene) and leave this new update for the kiddies. I just can't get myself excited for the story when it's taken on such a younger twist, and I found myself chuckling over the film's villains — who are supposed to be threatening. Still, Taraji P. Henson is playing the mom, so that's a plus in my column.
The Karate Kid high kicks into theaters on June 11. Check out the trailer, and tell me what you think when you read more.