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Wax On Nostalgic

Wax On Nostalgic

I am Daniel-san. I was the kid who practiced ninja/karate moves from magazines in the secrecy of my bedroom. I dabbled in martial arts, praying that one day an elderly Japanese man would take me under his wing and give me a cool car after teaching me to wipe the floor with my bullies. None of the reboots or sequels captured the magic of the first one, but that didn’t stop me from gobbling them up. 

Cut to this morning when I saw that streaming service You Tube Red will be trying to make me tap my nostalgia vein – or perhaps the blood vessels under my toenails – and for $9.99 to watch Danny and Johnny (Ralph Macchio and William Zabka) square off as adults. The original actors will be reprising their roles. No word if they will pull a force ghost and dig Pat Morita up from his grave digitally. I am interested enough to see if I can dredge up the money from my couch cushions/kids’ college funds for a month or two. The idea of Danny as a car salesman is actually pretty amazing. Johnny would have to be the sort of washed up, roided-out Trump supporter who would try to recapture the glory days of teaching leg sweeping and kneecap breaking. I can see that.

The question is, will they play it straight or make it a little campy? I think success will depend on a light touch with the latter but keeping it firmly in the quasi-reality of the original movie. You have to appeal a broader audience if you’re going to teach Crane-style to a new group of folks.
 

About The Author

Scott Roche

Some creatures feed on blood and revel in the screams of their prey. Scott Roche craves only caffeine and the clacking of keys. He pays his bills doing the grunt work no one else wants to take, bringing dead electronics back to life and working arcane wonders with software. His true passion is hammering out words that become anything from tales that terrify to futuristic worlds of wonder. All that and turning three children into a private mercenary army make for a life filled with adventure.

2 Comments

  1. BJennings

    No, wait… Daniel was the real bully! 😜

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