In the Philippines, a long weekend awaits everyone. Since Independence Day (June 12) will fall on a Saturday, the following Monday (June 14) was declared a special non-working holiday in the country. This means an extra day for rest. And for most, a trip to the mall to shop or watch a movie before classes officially start on June 15. Anyways, two blockbuster movie remakes will premiere in the U.S. tomorrow, June 11. One of them, The A-Team, will open a day earlier (today, June 10) in Manila. The other remake, The Karate Kid will follow a week after.
I watched the original TV series in the 80s which became a big hit on the boob tube. It ran for 4 seasons from 1983 to 1986 with close to a hundred episodes, and sustained the careers of George Peppard, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz plus launching the ever popular Mr. T (or B.A. Baracus if you will). The new quartet is made up of actors Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlito Copley and UFC fighter Quinton Jackson. Jessica Biel joins the fray as the flick’s female foil.
The question is….do I really want to watch this remake for nostalgic purposes? Or do I wait for it to be released on DVD? Watch the full trailer below and tell me if it gives you the itch to watch more and add up to the movie’s box-office take…
video courtesy of YouTube/2010movietrailer
On the other hand, The Karate Kid – at least the original – holds a special place in my store of memories. I’ve always had this fondness for the late Japanese-American actor Pat Morita. And how about Ralph Macchio? I started seeing him in one the classic family TV series in the late 70s – “Eight is Enough” and was glad that he got a good break in the movies via the titular role. I must admit that the sequel wasn’t as memorable but it was still worth watching. Of course, there was a time when the Karate Kid was female in the form of now double Oscar-award winner and Hollywood actress Hillary Swank, but I found it fairly forgettable.
For the remake, Jackie Chan takes over the ‘Mr. Miyagi’ role and is now named Mr. Han, while actor Will Smith’s son, Jaden, is Dre Parker, the new Karate Kid. This one should be an interesting pair. Some quarters are saying that the film should’ve been titled “The Kung-Fu Kid” but it doesn’t matter to me since it’s obvious that it is riding on the popularity of the original.
Here’s the movie’s trailer which, I must add, is on my ‘to-watch’ list as soon as it opens here in Manila next week.
video courtesy of youTube/theiconof
So which one of the two remakes interest you more? I’m more of a Karate Kid follower than A-Teamster. But I’m pretty sure I will join the queue for both. 😉