I've been hollering about the evil that is The Karate Kid remake for over a year. So it was with great trepidation that I fired up the trailer below. I'll wait two minutes while you watch it before I say anything else…
I am very proud of myself because I attempted to forget my hatred of everything this film represents (the remake craze, Will Smith producing it as a starring vehicle for his own kid, the omnipresence of Jackie Chan, etc.) and just take in the trailer as objectively as I could. Then I played it once more and tried to imagine what I'd think of it if I was ten — the same age I was when the original came out. (Because let's face it, this is going to be more of a kids' movie — not something geared toward us Gen X and Y naysayers.) Believe it or not, I can't bring myself to completely trash it. While I was pretty annoyed by the song it featured (the ridiculously overused "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor) and wasn't impressed at all by Jaden Smith, once the training scenes heated up at about the 1:20 mark, I thought: 1) This movie isn't going to destroy my childhood memories of Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi because it looks completely different, and 2) This could end up being a halfway decent family-friendly flick.
I still wish they weren't calling it The Karate Kid, though.
What do other fans of the original think? Could you stomach the trailer or are you even more disturbed now that you've gotten a peek at what's to come in June?