Movie Review – The Runaways (2010)

The RunawaysSynopsis: A coming-of-age biopic about ’70s teenage band The Runaways. A coming-of-age biopic about ’70s teenage band The Runaways.
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
In Theaters: Apr 9, 2010 Wide
Box Office:$2.0M

Directed By: Floria Sigismondi
Written By: Floria Sigismondi

The one thing, outside of The Runaways, obviously that I have seen from the director, Floria Sigismondi, is Lest We Forget: The Video Collection from Marilyn Manson. Outside of that, I have been ignorant of her work.

I have to say that I was looking forward to this film. I was a Runaways fan, and especially a Joan Jett fan. Face it, she always rocked. I was very surprised to see that the opinion of the masses was that this film was directed poorly and that the acting was subpar. Overall, I will somewhat agree that the direction of the movie was really nothing to write home about, but the story was written very well and the acting was sensational to say the least.

Kristen Stewart (“Twilight Saga”) plays Joan Jett, Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” films) plays Lita Ford, and Dakota Fanning (of numerous Dakota Fanning movies) is Cherie Currie.

“The Runaways” is, seemingly the Cherie Currie and Joan Jett story, with the skilled Dakota Fanning taking on the under-aged singing sex bomb Cherie Currie in a really great role. Of course, this role probably will hurt her career, but regardless, she did a remarkable job. Kristen Stewart steps out of her normal comfort zone and nails down the punk rock character of Joan Jett. Lita Ford was pretty much ignored for the most part in this film. I would have probably liked to see a little more about her, but I could live with what we got.

Hopefully parents will do some research into this movie before allowing children to watch it. This movie, as was The Runaways short-lived career, very adult oriented. The cast of characters are normally in more teen-friendly movies, but The Runaways is not a teen-friendly movie.

While it is not the greatest movie ever made, I would recommend it without reservation and might even put it up alongside other similar movies that I enjoyed – The Doors and Almost Famous.