I just watched the previews for the New Karate Kid movie starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith after watching the Original Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

So, what do I think so far?

The Original Karate Kid is that rare Perfect Movie.  The portrayal of the bullies and the bullying Daniel goes through is spot-on, including the reactions of everyone around him.  The heart of the story is Daniel’s relationship with Mr. Miyagi as he mentors the boy.  This is what will either make or break the New Karate Kid.  Can they recreate that touching teacher-student relationship without making it seem derivative?  Can they interject new life into this classic story?

I can say that after watching the previews, I think Chan and Smith will pull it off.  I sure hope they do and am excited to see it when it hits the theaters.