Why does this guy hate underdog stories?
I always love a good fan theory. Multiple films taking place in the same universe, characters being dead the whole time, entire storylines that are actually dreams, you name it. But this latest fan theory gaining traction rubs me the wrong way. It concerns John Guilbert Avildsen's 1984 masterpiece, The Karate Kid— a film that I absolutely love. I love it ironically, of course, since I think it symbolizes everything that is so funny about Hollywood in the 80s, but I love it nonetheless.
YouTuber J. Matthew Turner made a video breaking down why Daniel, the hero of the film, is actually a violent sociopath, and Blake, the villain, is actually a good guy whom Daniel harasses.
It's a fun thought experiment, but I refuse to believe it for the following reasons:
- The Karate Kid is the ultimate underdog story about a scrappy, working-class Italian kid from New Jersey kicking the ass of an rich, blonde, Reagan-era SoCal bro. There is no universe in which I won't support the former.
- Sure, Daniel is a little aggressive with his combat strategy, but it's a martial arts film, so who cares? Did Jake LaMotta from Raging Bull have time for politeness? What about Rocky? No, they had some ass to kick.
- Johnny practices Cobra Kai, which is whack, diluted, white people Karate. Mr. Miyagi teaches the old country way, which I'll always support.
- Calling Miyagi, the only Asian-American cast member, a "demon-sorcerer?" That's dehumanizing, bro.
As you can see, The Karate Kid is something I am very passionate about.