Looking into the forgotten crevices of popular culture.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Unnecessary Remakes: The Karate Kid
Above: The Karate Kid, (1984).
Above: The Karate Kid, (2010).
Really? Was this remake necessary? Is 1984's The Karate Kid a film that cries out to be remade? Isn't it a cultural touchstone, a film so emblematic of its time that a remake would border on cinematic sacrilege? Certainly, it's not a great film, but it's a fun one, and it's near and dear to the hearts of those who enjoyed it at the time of its release and the decades since. There's no reason why modern viewers cannot return to it in order to obtain the same amount of enjoyment. Considering the numerous homages and pop culture references still being made over the original film, it remains culturally relevant enough to insulate it from a 2010 remake. But, no. The remake is to be released this summer. What gives? Is nothing safe? Is nothing sacred?
Thirty-something suffering from nostalgia but, thankfully, not from bouts of irony. Here, I will revisit artifacts of popular culture not sufficiently explored elsewhere, though I may perhaps stray from that mission at times.