After suffering endless abuse, Daniel wins with just a few well placed whacks: those expecting standard wish-fulfilment fantasy will be disappointed that (in tune with the philosophy, of course) he didn't give the punk a pasting.
Overall, loved this trilogy. The first was perfection, I loved the second and liked this one. The only reason I saw these movies is because I saw the pilot of Cobra Kai (which I loved!) and afterwards found out it was based off of these films. There are so many great lessons and inspirational, moving moments in these films. I just can't believe I waited this long to get into this world. And RIP Pat Morita - you were an absolute legend.
There are more fight scenes in this movie than the first two installments, but the plot is silly and the come-from-behind climax isn't believable. The movie's only asset is Griffith's hammy performance. [30 June 1989, p.H12]
This material is wearing out its welcome. I have mastered all of the lessons The Karate Kid movies have to teach and all of the surprises they have to spring. I am also intimately familiar with the plot formula, so that nothing in this third film comes as the faintest surprise. Perhaps it is time, as Mr. Miyagi might say, to study something else.
The makers of The Karate Kid Part III - also responsible for its successful predecessors - have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way, resulting in a particularly dimwitted film that will likely spell the death of the series.
For me, again, the bomb. After a minor disappointment in the form of the second one, the third one surprised me more than pleasantly. Okinawa is gone now and so at the same time boredom disappeared for me. I liked the story very much. This time it shows the dark side of Cobra Kai even more. Compared to the second one, where I thought it was really unnecessary, here I devoured almost every moment and especially the finale was again grandiose and for me a nice ending to the trilogy. The only thing that bothered me in places was the cinematography. Some scenes seemed a bit overexposed to me. Maybe it was just my imagination. I don't know. To sum it up. It's still not quite up to number one, but it beats number two for me. This is purely my opinion. I really liked number three. I thought it was a little darker, and I like that. I think it's a good film, and I recommend it to fans of the series.
really not that bad. unoriginal for sure but certainly not an enjoyable experience. binging the Danial LaRusso Karate Kid movies and then Cobra Kai is a great experience, especially as the show came to introduce Terry Silver and Mike Barnes. if theres one thing i disliked was the idea that there was yet ANOTHER female lead for Daniel to "fall in love with" after Ali and Kumiko but they kinda subverted that in a good way.
If you are a fan of the first two Karate Kid movies, you should not skip “The Karate Kid Part III”. I feel like it does a good job of continuing the story in new ways that weren't already covered. If you never liked the first two movies, this one will not win you over, as it is easily the weakest of the 3. I feel like this entry lacks the moving character interaction scenes that the others deliver on. I do appreciate that the villain has a plan more sophisticated than simply beating Daniel up, but the fact that it drives a wedge between him and Miyagi, means that we don't get those great scenes with the two of them together. I give it a C, if you've already seen the best, but you insist on watching a movie, try this one out.