Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Runaways

You can tell from the opening shot of a drop of menstrual blood hitting the seedy LA Sidewalk between the platform shoes of a 14-year-old Cheri Currie that director Floria Sigismondi has a very strong vision about women, about rock and roll and about the band of teenage girls who combined the two to break through the glass ceiling of music during the early 70s.  The fact that she opens the movie with such a graphic image may offend some, or it may just confuse them (especially the men) trying to figure out what it has to do with the rest of the story, but those who surrender to it and just enjoy what the director and her cast have created will have a hell of a time watching a musical revolution rise and fall before their eyes. Even if you don’t remember who The Runaways were, or think you won’t be interested in watching a movie to find out, Sigismondi’s film is still entertaining thanks to the great performances of the leads, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, along with an intensely hilarious bit of acting from Michael Shannon as the band’s manager/master manipulator Kim Fowley.

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