Monday, February 21, 2011

Jacket Off, Jacket On: "Father Figure" in The Karate Kid

In my 2010 assessment of "best father in Film" for 2010, I looked at the year in a dismal way with some slight acceptance of the role of King George VI (Colin Firth in The King's Speech) as the best Dad in 2010. I later also acknowledge the unique positive role that fatherhood plays in Aron Rolston in the film 127 Hours.

When I shared my thoughts on father in 2010, a commenter (Deborah) mentioned another potential contender for a Dad in film. She mentioned Jackie Chan's father-like role in the film The Karate Kid, the remake/sequel staring Jaden Smith.

And, I agree that Chan's character does play a father-like role. In fact, I figured someone else had already discussed this topic previously, and found a post about this topic from the blogger 'The Upbeat Dad!' about the importance of Father's and family stability in the bloggers life as well as demonstrated in the firm through Mr. Han's character (Jackie Chan).

Now, this film is certainly not cinematic art, but I agree with the sentiment that this is a valuable perspective (although is a little bit trite and unimpressive). Yet the power of male influences in the life of children still rings true in this film, even if concepts like 'Wax on, wax off" don't quite translate as well in this remake (except this time it's "Jacket On, Jacket Off").

As a new dad, one of the things I feel like I'm learning and is also an essential part of my fatherly role is loving discipline. My wife is certainly capable of disciplining our toddler, but I don't know what it is, but there seems to be something unique that the male can bring to the equation. I'm not sure what that is, but if it's a 'jacket on, jacket off' training lesson that is needed, there Dad can get make that happen in a way, I hope I'm able to do.

I'm still learning. And it's too bad that kids have to experience there world's void of Dad's, and I hope that when Dad's are absent, that other men find a way into the lives of kids...not just to have fun, but to challenge them and teach them...wax on, wax off.


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