Written by: Floria Sigismondi based on the book Neon Angels by Cherie Currie
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi
Released: January 24, 2010 (Sundance Film Festival), April 9, 2010 (worldwide)
Summary: The movie chronicles The Runaways from 1975 - 1977; formed by teenage girls living near Hollywood, CA. 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.
Ok, the one bad thing about this movie, straight off, is that its “wide” release wasn’t all that wide; which means that I didn’t watch it in theatres. Yep, I watched a streaming version online that was not a bootleg. Anyways, the good thing is that this is supposed to be released on DVD July 20. So that’s next month.
Ok, on to the actual review.
I hate Kristin Stewart. I think that she can’t act, she has absolutely no talent, and that she’s always a washed-up has-been. However, she didn’t do that bad of a job in this movie. Maybe it’s because her character was a butch coke-head (no offence Joan Jett), but Stewart was able to actually portray her character pretty well. I have to admit that I’m not a follower of The Runaways, the actual band, and they were a little before my time, so I have no idea how accurate this movie is to how things really happened.
As for the other characters, Dakota Fanning was superb in her portrayal of Cherie Currie (once again, I have no idea if this was how it really was) and I could easily believe the events in the movie that revolved around her. Plus, kudos to the young starlet for being able to act in such a mature roll in which she dealt with a lot of different issues. The rest of the cast was ok but forgettable. The most outstanding of the supporting cast was the actress who played Fanning’s on-screen sister, but even that was a bit part.
For all the hype that surrounds this movie, I would have to say that, in my opinion, it lives up to it pretty well. It doesn’t shy away from the nitty gritty of the era nor does it try to sugar-coat things. I also enjoyed being able to watch the movie and not feel as though I was lost for not knowing anything about the band or the people behind the characters.
I’m giving this movie a 7/10. If you have the chance, give it a try. It offers a lot more than Stewart’s horrible acting abilities.