Sweep the Leg
The new 'Karate Kid' and the decline of America.
3:40 PM, Jul 6, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
In a recent Washington Post column, economics reporter Howard Schneider had an intriguing take on the remake of The Karate Kid and the film's view of America in decline, China's rise, environmentalism, and the power of globalization. In other words, this remake is a real downer—at least for those of you who still love America.
Although I have yet to see the remake, Schneider makes me less inclined to view it any time soon. He writes,
The 1984 pop-culture classic was a reflection of American optimism, smack-dab in the middle of the Reagan years. Think back to Daniel LaRusso climbing up through the tournament's ranks and that '80s montage music ("You're the best around, and nothin's gonna ever keep you down!"). His sensei is a Japanese American who served in the U.S. military (while his wife and child die during her delivery at an internment camp). Of course the very notion of puny actor Ralph Macchio taking on '80s bully actor William Zabka and dating Elisabeth Shue is utterly absurd. But I still remember coming out of the theater wanting to kick some Cobra Kai ass. (In reality, I probably ended up playing Spy Hunter at the arcade next door.)
And there seems to be more to dislike about the remake, such as its environmental preachiness:
It's enough to make you want to join the Cobra Kai, show no mercy, and put 'em in a body bag.
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