Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Karate Kid Part III… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Karate Kid Part III
1989 saw many sequels dominate the box office with Ghostbusters 2, Back to the future part 2, Lethal Weapon 2 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade all standing out. Karate Kid parts I and II were both very successful, especially Part II which brought in nearly $100 million worldwide. It took three years for a follow up and I’m surprised it took so long. What we got was a direct follow-up to Part II but it had very a weak story and shared a lot of similar plot lines from the first film. The Karate Kid films were never fondly remember for their exciting fight scenes but what made these films memorable was the story and, despite the issues with Part II, there is still a strong connection between Daniel and Mr Miyagi. The interesting character in this film is the main villain Terry Silver. A millionaire who owns the majority of the shares in the Cobra Kai dojos goes out of his way to make Daniel’s life a misery. The plot is completely ridiculous and very forgettable but Terry Silver makes this film just little bit more enjoyable to watch. It’s a sad and depressing end to a great trilogy. I’m not sure what else they could have done with the character of Daniel, maybe it should just been a two part series?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see if you still remember this film and if you don’t then this video may encourage you to give it another chance.