Yesterday I went to see the new version of 'The Karate Kid' (PG). I was fortunate enough to get free tickets from 'seefilmfirst' and it meant the entire family could go.
The film stars Jackie Chan (well known for his roles in martial arts films) and Jaden Smith (son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) and is set in China.
It is the age old tale of good versus evil and dealing with bullies with the bonus...learning Karate. At times the fighting borders on being somewhat violent but I did not feel it was gratuitous. There is a strong sense of the importance of friendship and this surpasses the barriers of age/language and culture. Some of the filming and photography is visually stunning with scenes in the mountains and at the Great Wall of China. It was a pleasure to watch the young boys progress with his older (and wiser) Chinese tutor. His journey made me both laugh out loud and feel tearful at times. Although the film is over 2 hours long it seems to pass pretty quickly.
I took my DD age 11, hubby and DS age 9 and we all enjoyed it, probably for different reasons but it made a good family film for my aged children, though the fighting scenes may not be as appropriate to younger or more delicate children. Try and it and let me know what you think.