Karate kid (1984) review -
This movie is art and I’m mad I didn’t watch it sooner. The whole thing is just a genuinely fun and entertaining watch, with a violently 80s soundtrack. Seriously Cruel summer by Bananarama started playing and I officially lost my shit.
Honestly half the movie is sort of training montage style? Which is great because I love montages in general but it’s fun lmao. Still not over “ok so your going to ￼ renovate my house but it’s actually teaching you karate”. Mr. Miyagi is my soul I will die for this old man and his Hawaiian shirts. When I say I sobbed when they celebrated Daniels birthday with party hats. Also how he knew what car he’d chose and it’s the dog tags on the keys 🥺. Idk something about found father figures gets to me alright? We don’t deserve him.
I LOVE Ali, as she doesn’t completely fall into the usual love interest trope. By this I mean she does have her own personality going on and they’re actually cute together? Like more then the typical date scene or “your hot, I’m hot, hey baby how’s it shaking?l” but they’re just? Really adorable. However I don’t get why she was super bitchy half way though? Like Daniel shows up late and she￼s SO pissy? Like she didn’t do the same thing maybe 3 scenes earlier and didn’t go after him or explain at all and has the gal to be mad he’s slightly late? Like girl- I love you but REALLY? Also gotta love a girl who can deck a guy across the face.
I thought the competition thing was actually hilarious “ok so don’t beat up my kid for two months, THEN you can try.” Is just great. ￼also want to know about Cobra Kai and who let this man be around children? Who let him teach children more importantly and I’m scared on his possible plans for his child army. Sir 😫.
Love him, the end. A human bully? Amazing. Like he’s not played up as purely a Asshole or a guy who just goes and wails on anyone who looks at him funny. He’s usually around in the background jusT?? Doing high school things? Hanging out, listening to music sort of thing- when he’s not in karate mode at least. I’m really curious on how they further expand on him. It’s also kinda understandable, at least remotely- not over a break up, goes a little nuts. I’ve seen it before.
But specifically I love how him and the other Cobra Kai kids are established to not really be ‘bad’ , it’s mainly Kreese and the absolute hold he has on these kids. Like the look of terror and confusion on Johnny’s face hearing half the stuff he’s telling them to do during the ￼ tournament. One of the scenes that gets me is Bobby gripped to Daniel “I’m sorry I didn’t mean it” over and over again (only for him to be all ‘body bag’ a bit later) and Johnny when he’s told to reinjure Daniel? Like I just- I like that that make it explicitly clear they’re not inherently ￼ malicious? More so then high school bully group that can actually fight. Then again it’s not like Daniel couldn’t in the beginning, he gave the guy a bloody nose.
Here’s just a run down of some of my favorite lines because funny :
“Watch out for falling coconuts”
Not even a line but just how his mom talks up the pool and then it’s that-
Just the part talking about the breakup “she did, he didn’t”
“Yeah, I’m on Minute Maid”
“Weeks? How many weeks is weeks?”
“It’s comin’ around”
“What kinda belt do you have?” “Canvas, Jcpenny $3.98, you like?”
“Make a wish on a shower”
“To baby trees”
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