The Runaways gives a solid “performance”

15 Nov

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning found time between their Twilight franchise shooting schedules to make this small film about the 1970s all girl Rock/Punk band, The Runaways.  The film focuses on the relationship between the iconic Joan Jett (Stewart) and the band’s singer, Cherie Currie. Although, the film documents the band’s rise in popularity, the writer and director, Floria Sigismondi is more interested in capturing a “coming of age” story about a young girl (Currie) having her dreams come true only to lose them through a series of destructive decisions that will ultimately lead to the band breaking up.

Sigismondi does a great job capturing the Los Angeles music scene through the film’s music, costumes, and unique characters, such as record producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who brings comic relief to the movie, but at the same time shows the darker side of the music business. The Runaways gives a solid “performance” but it is not on my daily “playlist.”

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Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: B-

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