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THE RUNAWAYS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  106 minutes, audio commentary, two featurettes

VIDEO:   2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:   English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  SPHE/ Apparition/ River Road Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:   7-20-2010

The Runaways was the first all-girl rock and roll band in the 1970s.  They emerged in an era where men ruled rock and roll and disco was the rage.   Their angry punk girl attitude along with great songs and good stage presence made the Runaways unforgettable to all who watched them.

 

THE RUNAWAYS film focuses on Joan Jett and Cherrie Currie.  It doesn’t dwell too deep into their lives.  It shows the surface of what was going on.   The film glances over the other members who are mostly like background extras.   Kristen Stewart pulls off more acting as Joan Jett than she ever did as Bella Swann.   However, the scene stealers of the movie are Michael Shannon as eccentric rock and roll producer Kim Fowley and Dakota Fanning as Cherrie Currie.   The production design and costume design make you feel like you’re in the 1970s.   THE RUNAWAYS is an excellently directed film, but I wish the script went deeper into who the band was instead of painting them as icons (and showing Cherrie had problems).   THE RUNAWAYS could have been longer and more developed.   100 minutes is too short for the story of this band and what happens.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The audio commentary for the film is with Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning.   Joan Jett was on the set every day.  Joan says what parts of the film aren’t true while reflecting what did happen

 

PLUGGED IN: MAKING THE FILM-   a fifteen minute featurette about the film’s production down to what the actors did to become the characters (they rehearsed for two weeks as a band and Kristen Stewart learned how to play the songs on the guitar) to production design

THE RUNAWAYS-   a two minute promo featurette about the group and the film

Both featurette has interviews with the three big actors, the producer, the writer/director of the film, and Cherrie Curry.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE RUNAWAYS is an enjoyable surface experience which I wish had more depth.

 

This DVD review is 7-22-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com