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The Runaways

The Runaways

Stars: Kirsten Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon

Writer: Floria Sigismondi

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Review by: Klash

 A biopic about the creation and demise of the band known as The Runaways.  The film centers on Joan Jett (Kirsten Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) while blending in their disturbed manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon). 

The film begins with the natural progression i.e. the forming of the band with the assistance of their manager, their rise to fame followed by the inevitable conflicts involving family, band members and manager all this ultimately ending in the band disbanding and everyone going their separate ways.  As known some of the members went on to continue in the music industry while others followed various other paths.     

There isn’t anything new in this film that hasn’t been seen in similar films of this genre.  I found it very difficult to view in one sitting due to how boring and at points unwatchable it was.  Not having been a fan of the band although familiar with the story I can only image how disappointed I would have been if I had been a fan.  It seemed as though the film only touched the surface in many areas and missed anything of interest or substance instead it meandered on and thankfully ended.  I would venture so far to say that the movie This is Spinal Tap which followed a mock band on a world tour put The Runaways to shame.

Having seen Kirsten Stewart in other films (no not the Twilight series) I can’t say I am a fan of hers.  On the other hand Dakota Fanning seemed to do an alright job although there were some scenes which just seemed as though she was completely out of place for this kind of role.  Michael Shannon who I though at times stood out more so than Stewart and Fanning did a good job portraying the off centered often demanding manager who coached the band and helped them rise to stardom only to watch them crumble and fall apart without so much as a slight care.  Over all a film I wouldn’t have minded missing.

Rating: One Guy

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