Feb 24, 2011

The Runaways Review

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Premise:
A biopic about aspiring 16 yr old guitarist, Joan Jett proposes to a record producer an an all-female hard rock band, which becomes The Runaways. The producer is pretty much sleeze and flash personified, and makes it mission number one to get a lead blonde, sexy, lead singer that's equally as jailbait as Joan Jett. In comes 15 year old Cherie Currie, and off to the road of success they go.


Standouts:
Maybe its because of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning's past movie roles, but I had a hard time believing the girls were above 13 through most of the movie. In many films the preception of an actors' height will be adjusted via camera angles and extras. It may have been a slew of tall extras or something, but all of the girls seemed like they were 4'10". Balancing that out however, there was some amazing sexaulity between Kristen Stewart's Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning's Cherie Currie. I'm not just saying that in a pervy-guy kind of way, I mean it was beautifully shot and built up to. By far one of the better romance subplots of a film I've enjoyed.


My Highlights:
Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett) dropping the f-bomb, and CH-CH-CH-CH-CH-CH CHERRY BOMB!


Overall Rating:
I really enjoyed The Runaways (should be called... The Funaways. Except... the fun doesn't go away. Yeah.) and thought it had a lot of good elements to it. There was a little nostalgia for the older fan-base, but it still spoke to the youth movement to confront authority and be rebellious. Then if you didn't necessarily fit into either of those fan-bases, the characters were defined enough that you could still get into it. A big problem I had though was the de-emphasis on the other band members. Lita Ford gets in quite a few lines to develop a personality toward the end, but because she spent the entire film before that as a backdrop, she might as well have been a bolt of lightning coming out of nowhere to strike the scene. Still an enjoyable film none-the-less, and worthy of 4 *'s out of 5, or 8 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
Apparently by the accounts of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, the holy trinity, Rush were jerks to them when starting up, and there's a brief portrayal of their rivalry in the film. We typically don't approve of anyone who badmouths Rush, but if you can put your bias aside, then you should definitely check this film out. I for one, can let rock band bygones be bygones and continue listening to both.



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