I'm Skipping the New "Karate Kid" Film...
Let me just say this. A commenter on here wrote "they were in China so I would have not have assumed that the antagonist wouldn't be Chinese." But by that logic, the protagonist should also be Chinese.
Here's what I'm getting at: with all the films depicting white kid heroes flooding our screens, yes...we need more POC in such roles. Do we need such roles at the expense of other POC? Absolutely not.
They could've filmed the movie in America and dealt with bullies here. They could've discussed all the home-grown racial conflicts we've got right here. Plenty of children of color would've identified with that shit.
I do, however, whole-heartedly co-sign with this part of the comment:
1. Whether or not Jaden Smith can act is subjective and a matter of opinion. I think he did a fine job in The Pursuit of Happyness and The Day the Earth Stood Still. I hated what they did to his character in the latter movie, but he did a good job with the material that he was given. This is an 11 year-old child you're talking about. Give him a chance to grow. The actors in the Harry Potter series were rough around the edges when they first came out too.
2. I don't get why studios feel the need to remake old movies either, but it is what it is. No one forces anyone to see a particular movie. If you don't want to see it then don't. Why get so emotional over whether you think any movie deserves to be remade?
Like I said, peeps...POC need healthy foundations in film & TV, and we needed them yesterday.