I thought the movie was pretty cool. It is an interesting music biopic. And the whole direction, fits in well with the rock 'n' roll themes of the 70's period. Although the entire movie plays out more like a music video instead of a movie.
The Runaways is a cliched, paint by numbers rise and fall rock biopic. Kristen Stewart skulks through the Joan Jett role and Dakota Fanning is just okay. Michael Shannon steals the show & I'm going to say its worth watching for him alone. The concert scenes are like bad videos but in spite of it all, the first hour is decent and dare I say kind of fun despite lack of explanation of some things and weird turns...
4Lom is right on the money. All style and no substance. It's weird how Joan Jett was the consultant, but it's based on Cherie Currie's book. Michael Shannon is the one bright spot here. Too bad they really didn't bother with the other members of the band either.
Though it pretty much hits every mark in the rock biopic playbook, somehow it manages to rise above its tired genre, due mainly to the strength of the cast. Surprising performances from Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, and no one does the whacko schtick better than Michael Shannon. Director Floria Sigismondi crafts a film that is much better than it should have been.
this is like the bad version of velvet goldmine. although, the runaways is way more pleasing to the eyes of hungry males; because unlike velvet goldmine that has many x-chromosomed men, this film has y-chromosomed girls.
Who knew dull little Bella had it in her to play one of cinema's hottest baby dykes in recent memory? She oozes pure sex here, the chemistry between her and Fanning really drives the film. Unfortunately I wanted this to be a lesbian Velvet Goldmine and it ain't. The script is thin, padded with bland audience friendly family drama. Its the glossy 70s drug-fueled rock montages where Sigismondi finally lets loose.