When I first saw the advert for the film I never even contemplated watching it, as I have to be honest, I am not a huge Kristen Stewart fan. But, watching an interview with Dakota Fanning, I was intrigued to see her playing such a different role in The Runaways film that I decided to give it a try without realising it was a biography of the one of the first all girl rock bands in the 1970s. The courage this must have taken at the time, being a man's world, was inspiring. It was also shocking to see the true reality of drugs and alcohol abuse there was of the time.
The film is based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway written by the original lead vocalist Cherie Currie who is played by Dakota Fanning in the film. Kristen Stewart plays Joan Jett, the band's guitarist and vocalist. All girls in the band were ages 15 to 16 and were thrown into the reality of 'drugs and rock 'n' roll'.
Joan Jett is a rarity of this period - a female guitarist seeking to start an all girl rock band. Cherie Currie is a 15 year old girl wanting to diverge into the rock industry and after getting spotted by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett in a night club, her dreams become a reality. However, the glamorous life style is not all it appears as Cherie Currie faces the disastrous effects of addiction and jealousy.
The issues in this film are so shocking but enticing at the same time. I never thought I would enjoy a film like this but after watching it it has become one of my all time favourite films.
Before watching this film I did not know anything about the band or even heard of them, in fact. However, the film is very informative and tells you all you need to know.
Even if this doesn't sound like a film you would particularly enjoy, I urge you to give it a try. It opened my eyes and the acting from Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning was brilliant.
Although I am not a huge fan of 'female empowerment' movies, I do have to give this one a few well deserved stars.