Franchise Weekend – The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove, Sean Kanan

 

Plot: Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Continuation of the Story

 

Story: The Karate Kid Part III starts as Daniel (Macchio) and Mr Miyagi (Morita) return to America, Daniel alone leaving his new love back in Japan, while his mother is now caring for a family member leaving Miyagi to look after the college bound Daniel. Back in America Sensei John Kreese (Kove) hasn’t recovered since the defeat of his students in the first film, teaming up with his old Vietnam soldier friend Terry Silver (Griffith) wanting to get revenge on Daniel and Miyagi.

When it the one-year anniversary of Daniel’s title win is coming around he gets invited to defend his title, but Miyagi doesn’t want him to need to defend it, the two do start their own bonsai business which Silver is determined to sabotage as he wants Daniel to be embarrassed by his new champion Mike Barnes (Kanan), while Daniel defend his title and honour against the corrupt businessman or will Miyagi convince him otherwise.

 

Thoughts on The Karate Kid Part III

 

Characters – Daniel should be going to college, but soon uses his money to start a business for Miyagi only to find himself needing to train to defend his title or face the vengeance of the fallen Sensei Kreese. Mr Miyagi wants to retire and become a bonsai plant shopkeeper, he doesn’t want to train Daniel to defend his title believing you should only use karate to defend yourself, his reluctance causes a rift between the two, though he is teaching Daniel the next lesson. Jessica is a shopkeeper across the road just visiting who starts a relationship with Daniel. Sensei John Kreese turns to his former army buddy to help him extract revenge on Daniel and Miyagi who he wants to see pay for what they did to him.

PerformanceRalph Macchio is good this time around again, he does continue to show us how his character can be misled along the way. Pat Morita keeps the calmness in his character throughout which shows us who is the right-minded person through everything. Robyn Lively is good but doesn’t get too much to do that is original to the serious. Martin Kove is good as this time we see the effects from the villain in a previous film.

StoryThe story completes the full year since the title win for Daniel, it shows how the people who were defeated will still want to get revenge. The story shows how Daniel can continue to let his emotions guide him down the wrong roads which is the new lesson Miyagi wants to teach Daniel. The romantic story feels lazy and just writing out the girlfriend from the previous film is becoming too annoying this time around. The message in the story is clear, never turn you back on the person that trains you even if something else sounds like it could be better.

Action/Family/SportsWe get more action in this film, which is fun to watch as the fights and pressure to do the fights, this does feel darker and might not be for the whole family.

SettingsTaking the action back to America works because it shows the effects of the first film on the villains.

Scene of the Movie – Dojo showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Writing out the girlfriend again.

Tagline – First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it’s man to man.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for the fans of the original two films, this continues the story nicely but for a one of viewing people might end up feeling confused for certain actions.

 

Overall: Franchise Fans enjoy.

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Franchise Weekend – The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Yuji Okumoto, Danny Kamekona, Tamlyn Tomita, Nobu McCarthy

 

Plot: Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi’s childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Sequel

 

Story: The Karate Kid Part II starts 6 months after Daniel’s (Macchio) big competition win, his girlfriend has left him and now he must get ready to move once again only for Mr Miyagi (Morita) taking Daniel in. when Miyagi receives a note about his father being very ill, he takes Daniel to Okinawa to return to the past where Miyagi left a loved one behind to be with his best friend Sato (Kamekona) who become his biggest rival.

When Miyagi returns to his home village he learns things have changed but Yukie (McCarthy) never married, where Daniel strikes up a relationship with Kumiko (Tomita) which causes a new rivalry in the village.

 

Thoughts on The Karate Kid Part II

 

Characters – Daniel now lives with Miyagi, his girlfriend has left him and his mm has moved for work, he gets to experience a new culture when he goes to Okinawa, the home of Miyagi and soon finds himself in the middle of a battle while also falling in love again. Miyagi takes Daniel in, but when his father is dying he returns home where he must face his old love, his old friend and now sworn enemy Sato, as we learn about his past. Sato is the old rival of Miyagi who has been waiting for a chance to prove his honour against Miyagi, he lets him have the honour of mourning his father’s death before demanding the fight. Chozen is the hot-headed nephew of Sato that takes an instant dislike to Daniel, he has learnt the hate to reach levels higher than Sato

PerformanceRalph Macchio continues from where he left of as the excitable teenager learning the calmer style of karate. Pat Morita is again great as Mr Miyagi showing his characters calm and grace through each situation. Danny Kamekona and Yuji Okumoto both make for goo enemies for our heroes too.

StoryThe story continues to show the relationship between Daniel and Miyagi, even though they just write out Daniel’s girlfriend and mother in one sentence. Moving the action to Japan works because it helps us learn more about Miyagi’s past where he has rivals waiting for him, loves left behind but his beliefs will keep calm even through the toughest situations. This does continue the story well, it opens new doors without closing them either.

Action/Family/RomanceThe action is restrained this time, we don’t get many fights and the ones we get are very short lived. The family side of the film will hopefully teach the value of family and honour, the romance side of the film has the idea of dealing with lost love and the start of a new love with someone from a different culture, which was nice to see.

SettingsMoving the story to Japan gives us a new prospective on everything, it helps Daniel learn about new cultures too.

Scene of the Movie – Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It hits at more fights then we get.

Tagline – This time, the combat is real.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good sequel to a much-loved original film, which is something that we would like to see more often, it builds on the world and the mystery about Miyagi.

 

Overall: Good sequel for all to enjoy.

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Original V Remake – The Karate Kid (1984)

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Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, martin Kove, Randee Heller, William Zabka

 

Plot: A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Classic

 

Story: Karate Kid starts as Daniel (Macchio) moves from New Jersey to California with his mother, he needs to make new friends and it isn’t long before he meets a girl Ali (Shue) from his new school but also grabs the attention of the local bullies and their leader Johnny (Zabka) who knows karate.

When the handy man Mr Miyagi (Morita) of the building sees Daniel’s struggle he comes to his aid showing that he is a martial arts master and agrees to train him ready to face Johnny and the bullies in a karate tournament. Daniel goes through an unusual training routine to prepare him for the fight.

 

Thoughts on Karate Kid

 

Characters – Daniel moves to a new town where knows nobody, he finds himself targeted by the local bullies but with the help of Miyagi he learns karate to get one over the main bully. Miyagi is the karate master that works as a building handyman to cover his personal pain, he does see bright things in Daniel and agrees to train him with unusual methods. Ali is the girl that Daniel falls for at school, she is the ex of the bully, she likes Daniel even though he is from the wrong side of town. Johnny is our bully, he doesn’t like that Daniel will stand up to him and uses his advance karate to point him in his place.

PerformanceRalph Macchio gave us a performance here that made people want to be in a karate movie, he sums up the lost teenage perfectly. Pat Morita is fantastic in his role as the mentor which often gets emulated but never duplicated. Elisabeth Shue is good as the love interest and William Zabka is good as thee bully.

StoryThe story shows how an ill-disciplined student can be turned into a calm fighter ready to defend himself against anyone who challenges him. This shows us that anyone can blossom into something great given the right guidance and self-belief in their own abilities, making it a bench mark for anyone that has been questioning their own skills.

Action/Family/SportThe action plays to a typical 80s musical background being high school level chases and fights. The family side shows us just what you need to be doing within a family when it comes to guiding children. The sport is karate in competition.

SettingsThe settings show us the places 80s high school student would hang out and the trouble they can find themselves in.

Scene of the Movie – Training.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would say the film is slightly too long for the same point message.

Tagline – He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the classic films of all cinema, it is a film that shows character needed to defeat in the right manner.

 

Overall: One of the best sports films of all time.

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Rocky Week – Rocky V (1990)

rockyDirector: John G Avildsen

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Tommy Morrison, Richard Gant, Tony Burton

 

Plot: Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ’s son must adjust to his family’s new life after bankruptcy

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Incomplete Sequel

 

Story: Rocky V starts with Rocky (Stallone) struggling after his latest fight with Ivan Drago but he returns home a national hero. Returning home Rocky finds that not everything is going well, he finds out Paulie (Young) has lost all his money leaving him bankrupt and to make matters worse he finds himself suffering from health problems.

With his last property the gym he learnt to be the champion in he meets hunger fighter Tommy Gunn (Morrison) that talks Rocky into managing him. After Tommy turns him back on Rocky, Rocky wants to step up for revenge where Rocky also has to deal with his growing son living in his shadow.

Rocky V tries to offer something new and I will say it does offer a new idea of trying to turn Rocky into a trainer that gets betrayed. My issue with this is that we don’t get a full revenge on this because a street fight wasn’t what we were looking for. This isn’t going to be a special compared to previous instalments and does feel very flat by the end.

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky returns home a hero only to find himself with nothing, when he meets Tommy Gunn he sees his shot to get back to the big time even if it is only as a trainer. He starts to forget about his family even though they continue to stand next to him but when he finally sees what is going on he needs to step up to be the father he never had. Sylvester does a basic good job in this role without really excelling.rocky himself

Talia Shire: Adrian is the wife of Rocky trying to make him hang his gloves up for health reasons, she is always going to supporting him even if they are back where they started, she is Rocky’s rock. Talia does all she needs to do in this role.

Tommy Morrison: Tommy ‘Machine’ Gunn is the young fighter that Rocky takes under his wing to take to the top, he turns his back on Rocky for money as an ambitious promoter uses him as bait. All Tommy wants to get respect but has no idea how to really earn it. Tommy is good in this role as the upstart fighter.

Sage Stallone: Rocky Balboa Jr is the son of the great fighter, he wants to be like his father but living in the downtown area is a real eye opener for him, but like his father he learns to adapt to any fight. Sage gives us a good performance in this role.

Support Cast: Rocky V has the supporting cast we expect in Rocky movies now with Paulie still being around.

Director Review: John G AvildsenJohn gives us a basic chapter in the Rocky saga that won’t go down as anyone favourite.

 

Sports: Rocky V is good basic sports movie without being anything special.

Settings: Rocky V brings the story back to the beginning settings we once saw.
Suggestion
: Rocky V is one for the fans to continue watching. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Rocky Jr standing up for himself.

Worst Part: Final fight.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $41 Million

Budget: $42 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: Go for it!

 

Overall: Good basic chapter of the franchise.

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Rocky Week – Rocky (1976)

rockyDirector: John G Avildsen

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David

 

Plot: Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Underdog Comes Good

 

Story: Rocky starts as we meet Rocky (Stallone) an amateur boxer who has never been a spectacular in the ring with an average win/loss rating, he works on the side as muscles for local mobsters and knows everyone in the neighbourhood. When the Champion of the World Apollo Creed (Weathers) comes to town for his big fight his opponent pulled out of the fight due to injury. Not wanting to let the world down Apollo offers Rocky a chance at the title partly as a PR stunt to show he will give anyone a chance and partly so he can get an easy win.

We have to watch Rocky get from a nobody to training for the fight of his life as he starts early romance with Adrian (Shire). Rocky has old friends coming from all angles as they want to be part of his payday but can Rocky really overcome the odds against the greatest boxer on the planet?

Rocky will always go down as one of the greatest underdog stories in sports movie history, sure we know how most of it will end up because everyone has talks about it for years. We know that this is nothing like this would ever happen but it is something we can all enjoy. I would have liked to see more from the Apollo side of the story which is the only bad thing about this one.

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky is the streetwise amateur boxer who dreams off making it one day but until that he is the good guy around the community that also works for local mobster who makes him do the dirty work. When he gets a chance from nowhere to fight the champion he goes into intense training for his once in a lifetime opportunity. Sylvester gives his best performance of his career.rocky fight

Talia Shire: Adrian is the love interest of Rocky, she is a shy lady with a big heart that gets involved after finally giving Rocky a chance to take her out, she becomes part of his inspiration to win. Talia does a good job this role but doesn’t get too much screen time or character development.

Burt Young: Paulie is one of Rocky’s best friend and brother to Adrian. When Rocky gets the fight he starts to try and get his own pay day by trying to make Rocky a celebrity to the world. Burt gives a solid performance but doesn’t really do enough with the character that changes too much through the film.

Carl Weathers: Apollo Creed is the champion of the world, he is prepared for his title defence but when he opponent pulls out he needs to find a new challenge. He hand picks Rocky as a good PR stunt but refuses to do any research on the challenge thinking it will be an easy win. Carl is great in this role as the cocky boxer who thinks he is undefeatable.

 

Support Cast: Rocky has a supporting cast that you would expect to see from the world of boxing with no one really standing out.

Director Review: John G AvildsenJohn gives us one of the best sporting underdog films of all time.

 

Sports: Rocky brings us the brilliant sports drama showing how hard it is to train for one moment in a sports person.

Music: Rocky uses that one song in different levels through the film to show the moment going on screen.

Settings: Rocky uses Philadelphia for the settings using the momentums to help identify where we are.

Suggestion: Rocky is one everyone should have seen once because of the inspirational story. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Training

Worst Part: Not enough time of the supporting cast.

Action Scene Of The Film: Fight

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 3 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing

Box Office: $117 Million

Budget: $960,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: His whole life was a million-to-one shot.

Trivia: During his audition, Carl Weathers was sparring with Sylvester Stallone and accidentally punched him on the chin. Stallone told Weathers to calm down, as it was only an audition, and Weathers said that if he was allowed to audition with a ‘real’ actor, not a stand-in, he would be able to do a lot better. Director John G. Avildsen smiled and told Weathers that Stallone was the real actor (and the writer). Weathers looked at Stallone thoughtfully for a moment, and said, “Well, maybe he’ll get better.” Stallone immediately offered him the role.

 

Overall: A classic that will long stand the test of time

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