a reply to: boymonkey74
To be absolutely honest, although the points made are hilarious in and of themselves, and delivered in a dry style that I, being a British gentleman,
find very amusing indeed, there are counters to all of them.
I would say the most obvious and all encompassing argument against the portrayal of Daniel as the bully, would be when his nemesis is refusing to back
off from the conversation with the female lead in the film. At this point, the viewer, assuming they are of sound moral construction, will have
correctly reached the conclusion that the dweeb needed his face kicking in from the beginning of the movie, simply for being an ungentlemanly, self
obsessed, ego driven little streak of crud. Further evidence of this guys douchery is his not having the wit to do something more impressive with his
time, than behave like a chump in the false belief that his martial skill, and the fact that he always ran with what children these days refer to as a
"crew", would save him from ever taking responsibility for his actions.
It also has to be said that for all that it is a very well liked movie, the scripting was the most vapid and dull that I have ever encountered in all
of my movie viewing days, apart from that to be found in "The Room", which is easily the worst movie ever made, and stars the worst actors ever
recorded for entertainment purposes.
The best thing about Karate Kid, is that its a little dude, taking on an uber jock, and winning, and everyone needs to see that, because there is
nothing more aggravating and potentially dangerous to society than a stuffed shirt who needs his buddies around him to give someone a proper beating.
They tend to have ego problems that go on till next month, and do not mind who they inflict them on along the way.
And for what its worth, Daniel was restrained in his torment of his nemesis. None of his pranks caused serious physical injury, they were just
annoying. Actual bullying however, and this is something I have been on the receiving end of, is rarely simply psychological. Bullies enjoy having
power over their victims, because they have sociopathic or psychosexual issues in most cases, and there are few sorts of power more potent than being
able to damage a person without their being able to do the same to you. Daniel HAD to educate his nemesis on what it feels like to be the one on the
end of a kick, rather than the one delivering, and I respect his efforts in doing so, even if his hair was awful and the script was bad, and the plot
had him doing all manner of crazy stuff.
My angle though, is that it was all a bit convoluted, and nothing solves a bullying problem like a bag over the head and a golf club to the shins.