Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Runaways

Writer and Director: Floria Sigismondi

Starring; Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon

This is a bio-pic of the 70s all girl rock group, The Runaways. Very much in the sex drugs and rock’n’roll tell all vein and is based loosely around the memoir of Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning - The Secret Life of Bees). The movie does its best as 'kiss and tell' of the period but is somewhat sanitised. (sic. I prefer Sid and Nancy). Kirsten Stewart (Twilight Saga) plays the enigmatic Joan Jet and both young actresses give credible performances as they stride more toward adult roles. Who steals the show (for me) is Michael Shannon who plays slime ball manager, Kim Fowley. A dream part if there ever was one. In real life Fowley was a shadowy cult figure and every bit a match for Malcolm McLaren and his ilk. The movie has two parts i.e. the rise then the decline. The second part is more of a cinematic experience and hence more interesting. The bittersweet story is predictable and joins a long line of similar bubblegum flicks. Joan Jett was one of the executive producers for the film but Jackie Fox declined to be involved in the project.




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