Needless to say, when "The Runaways" finally made its way to Milwaukee last Friday -- it's on the main screen at The Oriental Theater -- I was extremely stoked.
The film is loosely based on lead singer Cheri Currie's memoir, "Neon Angel," and I assumed the screenplay would dish up all the gritty details of the band's rise and fall, allow viewers to find out more about these raunchy punk rock pioneers and deliver hot, artistic girl-on-girl action between Jett and Currie.
Unfortunately, none of the above happened.
A weak script and spotty acting nix any chance for character development. We have no idea what Jett -- played by the Kristen Stewart -- is thinking or feeling. Visually, she looks like Jett, but we are only privy to her stereotyped shell reinforced by scene after scene like the one with she jumps wildly on her bed in her underpants, guitar strapped to her skinny, teenaged body.
The character of Currie, played by an all-grown-up Dakota Fanning, is a little better. We see her transform from a troubled suburbanite in a dysfunctional family to a sex pot struggling with drug addiction, but still, we have little access to her thoughts and feelings.
Also, the film pays almost no attention to the rest of the band, which includes guitarist Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton), bassist Jackie Fox (Alia Shawkat) and drummer Sandy West (Stella Maeve.) This dismissal of band members -- along with the presentation of very few Runaways' songs except "Cherry Bomb" -- is the crux of the film's downfall.
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