The Runaways and cast members Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning (and director Floria Sigismondi, in the portrait session pic above) are getting tons of praise for its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Looks like this is going to be a fanastic film!
We Are Movie Geeks has a three part audio interview with Kristen and Dakota talking about The Runaways; listen here.
The Hollywood Reporter says “‘The Runaways’ works on a lot of levels, and will no doubt be a big hit with little effort” and “provided just the energy that’s been missing here in Park City. We needed it.”
MTV praises Kristen’s and Dakota’s perforamnces: ”Indeed, ‘The Runaways’ is owned and just about swallowed up by Fanning’s riveting portrayal of the singer (not too dissimilar from the way Currie overwhelmed the group). First glimpsed as a teen literally transforming into a woman, this is the performance that seems sure to launch Fanning into a new thrilling phase of her career. From a sulking broodish David Bowie enthusiast to a howling rock goddess Fanning sells sells sells. I’d watch that band. Hells yeah. Stewart as Joan Jett physically embodies the role and curses and growls as the part demands.”
Entertainment Weekly’s movie critics, while offering positives and negatives on the film, says “The most entertaining thing about the movie is that its writer-director, music-video veteran Floria Sigismondi (making her feature debut), has a sixth sense for how the Runaways were an image first and a rock & roll band second. Early on, we see Stewart’s black-shag-haired Joan in an L.A. boutique, where she has to coerce the sales woman into selling her a man’s studded biker jacket, which she wears as if born to it. Stewart’s no-frills, casually likable performance begins with Jett’s distinctive tough-girl saunter — which is to say, the actress knows just how to walk like a skinny dude.”
E!’s Marc Malkin shares his love of the movie: “I loved The Runaways. It really does rock. The movie is the true-life story of the short-lived but legendary all-girl rock band, with Kristen Stewart starring as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Stewart does what she does best: play the anguished outsider. But Fanning really nails it as the 15-year drug-abusing sex kitten Cherie. This is a Dakota you have never seen, getting so lost in the role that there are times she is almost unrecognizable.”
Collider provides a fanastic review of the film, saying “Again, the performances are fantastic across the board, and Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning really impressed me with their portrayals of these still-living rock stars.”