The Runaways (Neon Angels) is based on lead-singer Cherie Currie's book 'Neon Angel' - a reflection of her experiences as a rock star, but also delivering a strong anti-drug warning to teens and others. David Bowie's "Space Oddity" serves as a metaphor for the narrative-- a slow countdown, a surreal but spectacular rise to fame, then alienation and burnout - a long long way from home.
The movie chronicles THE RUNAWAYS from 1975 - 1977; formed by teenage girls living near Hollywood, CA., and heavily manipulated by their manager Kim Fowley as 'jailbait rock' (all the girls were 16 or younger when the band recorded their first album). The band ultimately succeeds on their own merits as musicians, becoming the first all-girl rock-band to ever break into the world of arena-filling hard rock acts.
Their appeal was by no means elusive. Assembled by one of the most notorious hitmakers of popular music's brief history, five teenage girls (three among them at least as comely as canorously deft) performed and recorded jagged, chugging rock music that gushed aimless, exuberant sex and rebellion. During their 44-month existence, The Runaways teased, smoked, snorted, drank and rocked a course through hundreds of venues in the United States, United Kingdom and continental Europe to exuberant fans … more
Ultimately I wasn't surprised by what I thought of this film. Nor was I disappointed, though my expectations weren't very high. While Kirsten Stewart is fantastic as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning just wasn't believable as Cherie Currie. It also didn't help that the film gives no focus to the other members of the band. Hello, Lita Ford was in The Runaways and she's barely mentioned here. In addition, the screenplay reinvents much of the real story and somehow the true punk rock essence … more