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Deep Thoughts on The Karate Kid Sequels
Well the sequels were interesting additions for the most part I must say. I enjoyed seeing
how they could possibly run a good story line with the lack of the original Cobras in any of them. The exception being
the very beginning of Karate Kid II. And as the sequels themselves as evidence, you can see they don't even compare to the original
Karate Kid. I thought the second was the worst of the three because of the setting.
I found it dull and ridiculous at some points, especially when the fight at the
dance occurs. The third I found to be funny because Daniel gets tricked by the former Cobra
into doing some pretty stupid stuff. It was also pretty good because he defended
his title in the All Valley Tournament. But the one thing really separated the first
and third Karate Kid was the lack of the school scenes and gang aspect, which the Cobras brought to the first Karate Kid.
But I guess there wasn't any school scenes because according to the movie it was still summer when Daniel and Mr. Miyagi got
back, yet the tournament in which Daniel beat Johnny for the championship was
held on December 19. Either they moved the tournament up or that was a small
glitch in the story line. And as for The Next Karate Kid I will not comment
on it because I have not seen it and don't plan on seeing it because that really,
in my mind, would totally degrade the original. Without Johnny and the rest of the
Cobras the sequels were no match.
I just read your analyses of the sequels. Honestly, I couldn't agree
more. I have the trilogy on tape now and I must have watched them each
about five times over the summer when I got sick a few times.
Anyway, I have found that Part II has no entertainment value without the
first and that Part III is just a comic relief after the embarassment of
Par II. I, too, haven't seen the Next. I believe that someone just
tried to capitalize on Ralph Maccio and has obviously failed. I did see
part of it when my roommate here at Villanova had it on HBO. I emplore
you not to see it. It is awful from what I saw.
I'm sure I will send you more stuff soon; I love the movies and it's
great to talk to someone with my same obsession.
See you later,
I just read the analysis on the Deep Thoughts on the Sequels.
Personally I think that K's 1 and 2 were the best and the 3rd was a
waste of time and money. The Next Karate Kid was pretty good. It's
just too bad that the director was cheap enough not to call back the
original actors and actresses from parts 1 and 2. I liked 1 and 2 the
best because of the action scenes in them and they both had a very
good story line. About the glitch that you mentioned about the
tournament date...I have no idea. All I know is that I enjoyed 1 and
2 but 3 can go fly a kite and The Next...well, I liked it. And about
the actor Ralph Macchio himself. He's ten years older than me!
aaaaah! I thought it was cool that he had a wife and two children.
From the impression I got from him in his movies, I didn't think that
he was the marrying type or was even interested in starting his own
family. I thought that he was just in the movies to make enough money
for College...ooops, guess I was dead wrong.
I have been a huge fan of the Karate Kid series ever since I watched the
first one when I was seven years old. It was great, the villains were jerks,
but still cool, and the chemistry between Miyagi and Daniel was riviting. As
for the sequels, the Karate II was good because of the funny and sincere
story line, also the fight scene at the end was intense. The third Karated
Kid was decent, the reason it is not as good as its predicessors is because
it was not believable. How could Daniel beat the villian from the second
Karate Kid and not be able to land a punch on the "Bad Boy of Karate". But
still the chemistry between Miyagi and Daniel was riviting and the
disagreement over the tournament sign-up was a good story line. Now I have
to review the Next Karate Kid, a true abomination. This movie was dumb and
goofy. The villians were lame and the chemistry between Miyagi and the girl
was non-existant. Also the Next Karate Kid lacked gorgeous cimetography and
good fight choreography, which the first three movies had. The Karate Kid is
most defenitely a classic.
I would have to say that I enjoyed parts I and II the best! The
original is by far the best, and the II is close behind. A lot of movies
have big dropoffs on the sequels, but not with Karate Kid! I thought the
story line was good and it put a lot of deserved emphasis on Mr. Miagi.
I did not like part III very much though as it was too hard to believe
the story line. I especially did not like the fact that Daniel
automatically got to the finals. I think one of the best parts of part I
was the tournament action. I will admit that The Next Karate Kid
surprised me a little. Although it does not compare with I or II, it was
not all that bad. I wish Ralph could have made a cameo! Also, we need a
part V so Daniel can finally get the girl!
I think that the First and third karate Kids were the best. Although the
second grossed the most, I think that it lacked in fight scenes. Karate
kid 1 and 3 had a lot of fight scenes and a good story. I do not think
that the karate Kid 3 was that bad. But I cant understand how Daniel
could beat the villians from the first and second movies, and only land
one punch to the villian of the third film. But I just think that the
Karate Kid films were good. I saw the next Karate Kid once, I think it
was a joke. I would give it a D+ if I were to rate it. The First a A,
the Second a C+ and the Third a B.
I definately liked part I the best. I have seen all four Karate Kid
movies. Part I was the best. Part II lost a lot of the magic of part
I. Part III gained some of that magic back, but part one was the best.
I cannot compare The Next Karate Kid with the original because it was a
complete takeoff. The story was almost exactly the same. It was preety
good, but it doesn't compare to the original. If someone watched The
Next Karate Kid and then the original, they would be very surprised at
just how good it is. I do think, however, that there needs to be a part
five, where Daniel and Julie get together (to fight- not romantically).
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