The Runaways

Last night I went to Walker Art Center and saw “The Runaways.” It opens in Minneapolis on March 19th, so it felt pretty cool to see a film before it is available to the general public. Kristen Stewart (of Twilight fame) plays Joan Jett (of freakin-awesome-rockstar Fame) and Dakota Fanning (of I Am Sam fame) plays Cherie Curie (of freakin-awesome-rockstar fame). What I loved about the movie is that it captures a moment in time where things seem to align and anything seems possible. One of those history making moments, like when you imagine Thomas Jefferson met George Washington or Steve Wozniak met Steve Jobs. (ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but it was a critical moment where something awesome resulted) Basically, Joan Jett meets Sandy West via Kim Fowley who meets Cherie Currie. Throw in Lita Ford and you have an amazing limit pushing, risk taking, teen-girl rock band. The program that was distributed has a great interview with Joan Jett where she says, “The Runaways was so special to me and meant so much, beyond just girls playing rock ‘n’ roll. I think it represented a lot to me about following your dreams, about not being dictated to about what your life is going to be.”