The Runaways

This movie is a coming of age story about a group of teenage girls who start a rock band in the 70’s. The movie chronicles THE RUNAWAYS from 1975 – 1977; they are initially heavily manipulated by their manager Kim Fowley as ‘jailbait rock’ (all the girls were 16 or younger when the band recorded their first album). The band ultimately succeeds on their own merits as musicians, becoming the first all-girl rock-band to ever break into the world of arena-filling hard rock acts. They story mainly centers on Joan Jett (K Stew) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as the rise to fame has a massive effect on both of their lives.

As biopics go I didn’t hate the movie. I tend to feel that way because most biopics are very depressing. This one is depressing but the ride to fame is very cool. Dakota Fanning stole the show–she was great playing Currie as innocent and attention-starved in the beginning of the movie who morphs into a drug addicted sex kitten by the end of the movie. It was startling but convincing to see Fanning in a teddy, dancing on stage completely high. Overall it’s a very sad ride these girls go on. You get drawn in, you care for them and it does end sadly. Now I did enjoy the music and thought that the girls did a good job there. Cherry Bomb is a fun song and it was enjoyable to see how it originated! So although I enjoyed the acting (of Fanning, let’s be clear K Stew is boring as always) overall I was left feeling depressed and therefore can’t love this movie. It’s just too sad.


~ by xine23 on August 29, 2010.

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