2010’s The Runaways directed by Floria Sigismondi was a bad-ass portrayal of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie as they met, started the girl band The Runaways and experienced the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that until then had been mainly reserved for men. The film gave great background into how the band was formed and who the people behind the band were. This was a great year for this movie to be released because hopefully it will introduce a new generation to the awesome music to come out of the 1970s.
I’ve got to say that Dakota Fanning (Coraline, Man on Fire) made this movie. She’s such a dynamic young actress. Fanning portrayed Currie and really was the spitting image of Currie. For someone like me that never really listened to Currie’s music, the film really intrigued me about her as an artist. She fulfilled a persona for her audience and was a true entertainer. There was a lot of chemistry between the two lead actresses, Fanning and Kristen Stewart (Twilight). Surprisingly Stewart did well in this film. It was cool to see her in a more gritty role than the usual pathetic Bella Swan. Both actresses really channeled their respective artists perfectly, as far as I know. They looked and acted the part.
Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley, the band’s agent, was outstanding. I’ve never really seen Shannon (8 Mile, Jonah Hex) in anything before, at least he didn’t stick out, but his character was such an important one because without him The Runaways might never have formed. I loved his character at first, but then he becomes more of an ass as the band’s popularity grows. He starts to use their fame to benefit only himself.
It was really cool to get an inside look into what life was probably like for Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. They definitely indulged in the lifestyle but were also sensitive and cared for each other. Like all rock stars, it seems, the drug world took them over for a while. I had never known that the two musicians had been lovers at one point. Overall, it was a fairly sensitive portrayal of the band but the lifestyle was glorified enough that I wanted to be there at their shows partying with them.