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Will Smith Procreates and We Have to Suffer the Damage

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 23, 2009 |

I’ve seen, in a few places, people say that the new Karate Kid trailer looks “pretty good” or “watchable” or, in some way, not offensive to your senses. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. It’s painful on nearly every level. It hurts to watch, not just because of my nostalgic fondness for the original (which isn’t that good, if you take out the nostalgia), but because it look so horribly generic. Say what you want about his movies, but Will Smith’s flicks are rarely generic — you can’t say the same about his son, Jaden, who stars in the remake alongside Jackie Chan in the Pat Morita role (so wrong). The hip-hop music is grating; the Jaden kid makes me want to punch children (not my own — let’s keep DSS out of this); and it makes me feel terrible for a younger generation who will only know this version of Karate Kid and, likely, will have some sort of misguided nostalgic affection for it 20 years from now.

You’re supposed to save the training montage for the film, by the by. Not make it the crux of your trailer. Guh.

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