We went to see The Runaways film in Camden last night. Before I get on to telling you about the film I have to mention Hache, the restaurant we went to for pre-film dinner. They do the best burgers I've had in a long time so if you ever find yourself on Inverness Street with an overwhelming desire for meat, head to Hache, you won't be disappointed.
Now, I knew very little about The Runaways before seeing the film and I hadn't watched the trailer so I was going in blind. The story starts with the development of the two main characters: Joan Jett, played by Kristen Stewart, and Cherrie Currie, played by Dakota Fanning. We see Joan learning to play electric guitar and Cherrie lip-syncing to Bowie at her school talent competition. They're eventually brought together by their future manager Kim Fowley and we're off on tour with the band watching them reach mega-stardom whilst slowly imploding in a fog of drink, drugs and under-age sex.
For someone who isn't the most die-hard fan there was enough in the film to keep me interested and it's not packed full of rock-n-roll cliches so I came away feeling it was a decent attempt at a genuine and honest retelling of The Runaways story. I'd happily watch it again and no, that's not just because Dakota Fanning spends a lot of time parading around in her pants.