Sunday, July 27, 2014

Film #39: The Karate Kid (1984)

Plot - Teenage Rocky gets karate training from Asian maintenance worker who happens to own ten classic cars. Brilliant!

Form - Sometimes plodding, but the action-packed finish (clocks in at about two minutes) is nuts.

F/X - Cool kicks!

Acting - The leads, minus the girlfriend, are all great. Lovable heroes, intense villains, everybody knows their role and plays it well.

Mise en scene - I love Miyagi's run down "oriental" shack.

Quotables - Mr. Miyagi steals the show with the obvious famous lines.

Cool stuff - The soundtrack is absolutely fabulous! I can't think of a better collection of random '80s trash, and where else would I hear these songs but in this classic film?


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