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A fantastic coming of age story about a young man ripped from his familiar surroundings and placed into a hostile environment where he cannot survive without outside help. Along the way, he meets Mr. Miyagi, Ali and the members of Cobra Kai. The storytelling is pretty by the numbers by today's standards, but in 1984, it was ground breaking and brought to light the perils of not only being a teenager in society but also being the new kid in a foreign market. The side story of the love story between Ali and Danny and also the intriguing family dynamic between Danny and his mother added to this movie's prestige and gravitas. The interesting way that Miyagi trains Danny is also legendary and unforgettable. Wax on, wax off for defense sounds absurd, but in practice can be quite effective and easy to learn. My main complaint with this film is that Danny is not a likeable character. He is extremely sarcastic to absolutely everyone and seems to revel in his ability to get under people's skin. No matter the circumstance, he finds a way to be sardonic and annoying. His treatment of Ali at times is borderline abusive with how he demeans her about her wealth and status versus his. There were times that I was on Cobra Kai's side with how they were antagonised and there were times when I believed they were going too far. These kids, all of them, could greatly benefit from a trip to a prison for a day just to see what awaits them if they continue to put others lives in danger willingly. Definitely a movie that needs to be experienced, especially by teenage boys that are just about to begin their venture into high school and the perils that brings with it.
While a bit cheesy and definitely a product of the time, the performances and chemistry between the two leads, quotable dialogue and timeless story & lessons make The Karate Kid an '80s classic.
The film might have aged slightly, but the timeless story has not. If you consider the bully nature of the story you'll note this is forever in the headlines. The Karate Kid is a simple story with a strong underlining message. The original is still the core to the series and the sequels could never capture the essence of this film. Great cast and storyline that helps deliver one of the better films from the 80s. 29/07/2019
One of the best classics
One of the best 1980s high school drama movies ever made. Attention to detail taken by the director. Awesome chemistry between the leads.
I really like this movie, very 80's a movie where you can get through despite anything. Ralph Macchio's character comes to a new are where he is bullied etc.. and meets Pat Morita's charater. He fights the rival team and all ends well he gets the girl a true classic movie not to be missed.
An endearing tale of friendship and discipline.
John G. Avildsen's coming of age sports drama The Karate Kid (1984) is a wonderful good time movie. The Karate Kid makes you feel like you are experiencing a fun Summer with a dear friend. Robert Mark Kamen's script teaches you so much: to use karate, defend yourself, value yourself, be confident, understand others, and make friends. The Karate Kid is one of the greatest feel good films ever directed.
Bill Conti's score is inspiring and mesmerizing like The Karate Kid's delightful soundtrack full of 1980's motivational hits. Conti provides the perfect backdrop for Ralph Macchio's highly empathetic performance as Daniel. I like how seriously Macchio takes the karate movements and training. His lead acting always feels natural and relatable, so that you want to root for him to win and overcome his bullies and get the girl. Elizabeth Shue is sweet and fun as a kind cheerleader and Daniel's encouraging girlfriend Ali.
On the other hand, Martin Kove is a relentless mean cheating mentor and a great foil for Mr. Miyagi's discipline. William Zabka is perfect as the ideal jerk bully that is so brutal and cruel at every opportunity that you truly hate this guy. The end gives him a small redemptive moment too.
Notably, The Karate Kid has a brilliant supporting role from Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as the kindly and mischievous Mr. Miyagi. Pat Morita was born to play Mr. Miyagi. He is quiet and reserved with a subtle charm and thoughtfulness. Morita brings a fun loving attitude with his silly playful sequences wherein he is clearly having fun with Ralph Macchio. His skillful movements relay his martial arts knowledge and his wise words reveal a deeper intelligence. His wisdom and advice feel universal and can be applied to everyday life. Morita gave a generation of kids that watched The Karate Kid the wisdom to never seek a fight, but to be able to defend yourself. He is a scene stealer throughout The Karate Kid and he really endeared himself to me with this movie. The scene where he reveals to Daniel that all the chores he's been doing for Mr. Miyagi were actually training is brilliant and intense. I love the darker reveal about his wife being dead too or the adorable birthday scene when Mr. Miyagi gifts Daniel with his wife's hand made garments and a vintage car.
I recommend The Karate Kid based on Pat Morita's phenomenally complex performance alone.
This is top 10 80's classic, I have seen 100 plus times and when it's on guess what were watching....
This is a great movie
Presenting a good mix between a teenager movie and action/ karate film, this picture really surprised me. It does have a little more depth than all those teenager flicks due to the strong performance of Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. It is well written and offer more than expected with the comedy and the strong story line. Like everybody is saying, yes, the movie is predictable, but you still find yourself having a good time watching it.