The Karate Kid All-Valley Championship

I have mixed feelings about the idea of a remake of my favorite movie of all time, but I’m going to see it. I’ll post a review, but first my thoughts on the original…

I will always remember where I was when I first saw The Karate Kid. In the living room of a friend’s house I sat stunned in a black recliner, overcome by excitement, wonder, and amazement. The year was 1986 and I was 9. I had seen movies before, probably quite a few. This was the first time one actually captivated me.

I was at just the right age for the movie to be a perfect storm. I was old enough to be emotionally involved, but not old enough to see the big payoff coming. The scene where Mr. Miyagi reveals to Daniel that the chores he had been doing were actually karate training blew my mind. I volunteered many times that summer to wash my Dad’s car. I also stained our fence, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t need it. The movie’s soundtrack provided an inspirational backdrop for many football and basketball games in my backyard – I had to buy more than one replacement cassette tape. The tournament scenes were reenacted with friends and unfortunate little brothers who involuntarily ended up playing the part of Johnny Lawrence. Thousands have created their own Daniel Larusso or Cobra Kai costumes for Halloween, and all kinds of merchandise is still made and sold on eBay. Continue Reading…