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Nostalgia Critic - Old Vs New: The Karate Kid

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Published on Mar 8, 2011

Nostalgia Critic - Old Vs New: The Karate Kid

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Typhlosion4President
The remake loses just for taking out the "You're the best" song and replacing it with that fucking Justin Bieber Never Say Never bullshit.
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Mr. Divery
The only problem I have with the new Karate Kid is Jaden is so young. Daniel is a teenager, while Bullying is a serious issue for teens, it is reasonable to say that at Daniel's age if Bullies are missing with him, it's a little bit his job to figure out how to deal with them. IE it is a story about a boy becoming a man and learning how to deal with his own problems not running to mommy. While Dre's story falls a lot closer to a case of child abuse, it is a little boy who getting the piss beat out of him and his mother basically shrugs her shoulders saying "sucks to be you." At Dre's age it's his mom's job to solve the problem of kids bullying him.  Look at "the Sixth Sense" the mom in that film couldn't even get sleep because she thought her son was getting beat up. Sure Dre man ups the same as Daniel and solves his own problem with the help of his new father figure... but the difference I can't get pass is Dre was so young, he shouldn't need to be a man. One Geek's Opinion
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Alknix
So it seems Jaden Smith could act as a kid, until Shyamalan got him.
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YourMajesty143
Miyagi DOES explain why he wanted Daniel to do these errands. He's a man of few words. Rather than explain, he shows him. He asks him to show him wax on, wax off & then proceeds to attack him as Daniel uses these movements to block the attacks. He asks him to also do the other moves as he attacks. Daniel makes the connection, and as Miyagi sends blow after blow, Daniel's muscle memory kicks in as he blocks the combo of attacks. The work's repetition is important as to show that Daniel was not only building strength, but also reflex instincts. In the New Karate Kid, the lesson didn't offer strength building, just repetition. Eventually Miyagi explains the importance of learning balance, not just physically but also finding balance in life. Both teachers offer good lessons, each in their own way. However, I doubt that you watched the Old version bc you seem to have missed Miyagi's explanations. Also Miyagi's pain stems from the loss of his wife & son, his day-to-day life shows he has moved on but that he still mourns on their anniversary. He's a much better model of what his martial arts stand for--balance of anguish and peace--and is therefore a more reliable teacher. When he teaches Daniel that karate is "here...and here...not here" (pointing to his head, heart, and belly, respectively), he's expressing what Daniel eventually begins to learn, which is that focus and understanding--not guttural anger--are keys to karate. Movies from back in the day had confidence in the audience's intelligence & didn't waste time having to explain every little thing. In new movies, you see this lack of trust happening often with each scene having to spell it out. The fact that the old movie uses less words to state the obvious is a poor excuse for why its teacher isn't as adequate as the new versions'. I will agree that the new one showing the teacher learning from his student is a nice dimension to the character, but it has little bearing on who is a better teacher. The winning move in the old version came from Miyagi himself, whereas the winning move in the new movie gives no credit to the teacher. It's more realistic to say that Miyagi won the head to head.
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Travingel
old wins, jaden is a douche and terrible actor
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SuperZero2552
One thing I didn't like about the new film was the ending song. WHY use a crappy Justin Bieber song!? 
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Average Joe
Let me summarize the comments for old vs new Old wins: NOSTALGIA CRITIC MORE LIKE NOSTALGIA FAG CANT MOVE ON FROM THE PAST New Wins: HIPSTER ASSHOLE THE OLD IS THE UNTOUCHABLE CLASSIC
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Eric Niesen
Newer is better crafted, older is more fun.
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Wesley Farber
The one thing I gotta disagree with here is that I think Jayden has a much harder time and more at stake than Ralph.  Yeah, kids are a lot more serious and aggressive in high school, but Ralph is still just a white kid in a white high school.  Jayden is the only American (and black) kid in this entirely Asian school in China.  It's one thing to be a social outcast, but he's more of a literal outcast here- he can't even speak the language.  Plus, I don't know how many years of high school Ralph had left, but he'll be done and likely never have to see any of those kids again in a few years; Jayden will likely have to deal with these kids for at least the next 5 years. 
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See, I like Nostolgia Critic. it doesn't feel like he picks a Single Side, but puts his heart into both sides. I've seen a few vs episodes, where they did All for one side. Sonic vs Flash. Flash got every vote from the guy. While Nostolgia Critic kept it even for the most part. That is what I like about VS vids. When people know what they are talking about and put their heart into it.
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