Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

Dutton. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780593185834. $28.00. FILM
Readers of a certain age may find it hard to believe that the movie The Karate Kid is nearing its 40-year mark. The classic 1984 popcorn movie staple has steadily remained a part of American pop culture, bringing in new viewers year after year with its inspiring story and thrilling athleticism. The center of the film is the fresh-faced and charming Daniel LaRusso, played by eternal teen heartthrob Macchio. In his book, Macchio describes a life forever linked to a movie that just won’t go away. As the title would indicate, the book is less of an autobiography and more about the author’s continuing relationship with the film he made early in his career. He shares the experience of auditioning for and making the film, in particular meeting and befriending his beloved costar, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (who played mentor Mr. Miyagi). He further discusses what it’s like to revisit his character in the current Netflix reboot series based on the film, Cobra Kai.
VERDICT Macchio’s book will be enjoyed thoroughly by fans of the movie and those nostalgic for the time in which it was produced.
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