Alright! I was highly pleased with my first film, this evening! The second one was okay, yet it had nothing on what we viewed before it. Yet, together the films stood out as more exciting entries to the continuing Hollywood legacy!
The Karate Kid 2010 was outstanding! It begins with Dre Parker (Jaden Smith), and his mother, Sherry (Taraji P. Henson), moving to China, after her job transfers her there. Dre does not like the move, as he misses home, and he has problems with picking up the language.
Dre gets to his new school, and he does not meld immediately with the other students. He does find himself attracted to a girl there named Meiying (Wenwen Han), and she seems curious about him. However, local bully students interrupt Dre’s getting to know her. He ends up fighting with one of the boys, and he is beaten to embarrassment!
After his face is scarred, Dre’s mother discovers his black eye. She is obviously disturbed, yet is stern with trying to make Dre understand that this is their home, now. He has to return to the school, where he is not prepared for the dress code, and he has trouble with chopsticks during meals! Also, the bullies continue with making his time miserable!
It is at his Chinese home where Dre decides to try practicing martial arts. A man arrives to fix their hot water, and he sees Dre struggling. He does fix the water, and he asks Dre about how he got the black eye.
At school, Dre avoids the bullies, and he sees Mai Ling practicing her violin. She is preparing for an audition to enter an esteemed music school. After they talk, Dre leaves, and he encounters the bullies. They threaten him to stay away from Mai Ling.
As Dre and Sherry are walking in a market area, he leads her to a nearby martial arts school, where students are practicing. The students are in perfect unison, as they learn the sacred art of Kung Fu. Dre feels embarrassed because he thinks he can never be that good, and he lashes out at Sherry! A nearby local man hears the argument.
It is to The Forbidden City where Dre goes with his class. Meiying is there, yet so are the bullies. She does not like the boys either, and Dre’s teacher (Michelle Yeoh) begins watching out for him. He begins using innovative ways to avoid the boys, yet he gets the chance to douse them with dirty water!
The boys chase Dre, and they catch him in a market area. The lead bully named Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) is cold in prompting the others to beat Dre. Yet, a man intervenes. He single-handedly and very easily defeats all of the bullies!
The man introduces himself as Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). He picks up Dre, who asks him to teach him Kung Fu. Mr. Han speaks with Dre about the bullies, and he decides to go with Dre to speak with the boys. They are in session, under the tutelage of an instructor whom is cruel. This person arranges a fight between himself and one of his students against Mr. Han and Dre. The instructor promises pain if they do not show up!
Mr. Han proceeds to teach Dre how to use Kung Fu. Dre is clumsy and mouthy, at first. Yet, Dre finds out that a competition is coming soon, and his enemies will be competing in it. He proceeds to train with Mr. Han for the coming contest, The Shi Shi Festival. Mr. Han speaks with Dre’s mother, and she agrees to allow Dre to enter the contest.
After further talk with Dre, Mr. Han proceeds to teach him. He begins with concentrating on focus and strength. The lessons advance to developing Dre’s Chi, and the go on to train at Mr. Han’s sacred area that is atop a mountain. At this place is a class where students learn Kung Fu, and all of the necessary focus which accompanies the artform.
Dre learns more by being taught through reflection. His instruction continues with Mr. Han, as well as at home. When he gives Dre time for rest, Dre meets Meiying, again. He skips class one day with her to explore the city! During their outing, Meiying realizes that she has to be home within twenty minutes because she has to prepare for a violin audition. She makes it in time, and she plays beautifully, as Dre is in the audience!
Dre is late getting home, seeing that Mr. Han is in a state of despair. Mr. Han was reflecting upon a past automobile accident, where his wife and child were killed. Dre rescues him from this painful moment, and they continue with training. Dre’s mother arrives, and she watches.
As Dre gets stronger, he and Mr. Han go to The Great Wall of China for more training. There, Mr. Han gives Dre a gift, telling Dre that he has learned about getting up after being knocked down! Also, Mr. Han helps Dre with asking to date Meiying, with her father’s permission! He accepts, and Meiying is allowed to attend Dre’s competition.
During the beginning rounds, Dre does surprisingly well! The bully team is there, also. Dre defeats one of them, advancing to the final round. Yet, the bullies fight ruthlessly, as one of them reaches the finals, too. As the fight begins, the bully boy’s coach instructs him to break Dre, spiritually!
The fight begins with intensity, and one of the rivals breaks Dre’s left leg! Dre is removed from the tournament to see a doctor. He is told to accept victory by default, yet he calls upon his Kung Fu training to help him. Mr. Han now is afraid for Dre, yet Dre’s pride forces him to continue.
A fierce battle follows, as the rival boy is told to break one of Dre’s legs! Yet, Dre invokes the spirit of the cobra in a final battle move, drop-kicking his opponent from the air! The rival boy falls,and Dre is declared the victor! The losing boy has to present Dre with the trophy, and the opposing team must show respect to him!
We saw The A-Team, second! This update to the so-so series from the 1980’s focuses on a team of army men who faught together during The Persian Gulf War. They were framed for a crime, and they reunited for the purpose of clearing their names.
Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Nesson) reconnects with war-pal Rosco “B.A.” Baracus (Quentin Jackson). Together, they reassemble their crew for the purpose of clearing their names from illegal financial transactions that took place during the first Iraq War. They engage in battle, learning that one of their enemies is a former ally whose face was scarred, and currently wears a metallic mask.
The A-Team does engage in battle, yet they are arrested by The C.I.A.. They are charged with escaping custody, and are lead away within government vans. Yet, team member Face (Bradley Cooper) shows that he has had the escape key within his mouth! He spits it out, and the team is able to get out, proceeding onto their next activity!
Toy Story 3 is being promoted with fervor, opening June 18! That same date will see several movie releases, including Grown Ups, Jonah Hex, and The Killer Inside Me. July will begin with Knight and Day and The Last Airbender! Despicable Me and Predators will open the following week, with Inception, Salt, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice filling out July!