I used the Queen as the main image because I want to emphasize the fact that she was the best thing in this movie solely due to the fact that Theron is a great actress!
With all that gossip and back-lashing that was (and still is) going around Kristen Stewart and the director of the movie I’m about to review, I could not not watch the movie. I mean the actual reason why I even decided to see the movie was because of that drama that the two caused in the entire Hollywood/media world. Without that, I would have never even turned an eye towards the Snow White and the Huntsman and in the end something good did come out of this. And by good I mean, I can finally write a pretty negative review (haven’t done those in a while) on the movie that trashed the beloved fairytale of my childhood from the very beginning.
This is a rather important piece of work, based on Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, which just happens to be one of the best novels from 20th century. Autobiographical story about Jack’s road trips around the America with his friends, On the Road features Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart. Now, let’s be honest, Stewart? I am not even sure about Hedlund and Riley. Who knows, maybe the supporting roles by Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi will save it. Maybe the three main characters are portrayed with utmost care and love. Maybe Stewart shows emotion. Trailer looks okay, but I really want to see the whole thing before I say something more about it. Although I am already waiting to develop a crush on Riley, he looks like somebody I would develop a slight crush on – which would be nice because I need new movie crushes in my life.
I was so bored that it couldn’t get any worse so I finally decided to watch something totally pointless to pass my time. I thought really hard to come up with a movie that didn’t need many braincells and was easy to watch. The winner was – ding-ding-ding – New Moon. I had to wait for it for 30 minutes and I almost changed my mind but thought that in order to like great movies (and recognize them) I have to sit through some bad ones. I have already mentioned in my previous posts that I’ve seen Twilight and haven’t had the courage to see the sequel jet, I’d rather not talk about the third one – who knows when I’d be able to see that one! (Did you know the fourth one is in two movies just like the last Harry Potter!?)
Movie started. So far so good. Kristen’s acting is intolerable though – she has some what an emotionless face in the most important moments. Like when Edward leaves – she just stands there with her mouth open breathing differently. Or like in the end when Edward almost gets killed she holds her hands in this awkward pose next to her neck (holding her shirt maybe?) and yells emotionless words at the vampires. That’s the problem – she has played characters who are so called “I don’t care” girls like Joan Jett but Bella has all the colors of emotion and she isn’t able to portray them in my opinion.
The special effects were so much better – I mean – there were special effects! The vampire running and the fight, much cooler that before – money must be a great thing to have. The movie itself is ofcourse based on a book, I read it a while back so I don’t really remember but it felt like they rushed the end. The beginning where Bella wants the adrenaline was too long in my opinion though it was important – Jakob needed some screen time. That brings me to the point I saw right at the beginning – I thought Jakob and Bella had much more chemistry on screen than Bella and Edward. That made me laugh because weren’t Robert and Kristen dating at that time? Oh well, this is it, I rest my case by saying – no more bad acting please!
After watching this movie that is based on a book written by Cherie Currie, the lead singer of The Runaways, I was left disappointed. I have to admit, the era was well portrayed and the similarity to the band was there but the story felt weak. I don’t know if the fact that I’m not a fan of the band ruined my view of the movie or the fact that I dislike Kristen Stewart for her “I’m so much better than you” manner got in my way of me loving it or to think of it, I know it was a little bit of both.
Dakota Fanning on the other hand was in her own league – she has this way of making everything so believable (unlike Stewart who looks the same in every movie) and has come a long way as a young actress. I’m so happy that Hollywood hasn’t ruined her like it did with Lohan – Fanning will have an amazing career and The Runaways performance proves it.
The guy from OC was there too, he had some fun with Cherrie or should I say Dakota (?), but since it was a “I’m a rockn’roll woman” movie, he wasn’t shown properly in the scenes. It felt like the camera work made him unnecessary in purpose and that was kind of a cool trick – and this actually brings me to the main point. Visually this movie had its moments, I mean the elevator scene where Dakota looks like she’s about to die (and almost does) and the one where Kim (Michael Shannon) goes to look for the lead singer in the club – the camera work looks good. But the bad thing is the story and it’s sad, because the trailer had so much promise – maybe the movie was too long and the plot got stuck? I don’t know, but something felt wrong the entire time.
In my opinion, it is a solid 3 stars but not because of Stewart or the whole vibe of the movie, it is thanks to Dakota who showed that she can act and I mean really act! No offense to all of you that are big Kristen fans, but if you watch closely to the movies she’s in, you see that she always looks the same acting wise – maybe the biggest exception is Adventureland but I can still remember the emotionless lip action Stewart gave to bring some “deep” emotion to the screen. Plus, she always looks so mean in every red carpet event she attends – she’s like angry at herself for not playing well or at the world or something, I don’t know but enough about that.
The Runaways gets 3 thanks to Dakota Fannings performance, and its honesty about the band and the life they had but that’s mostly thanks to Cherrie Currie who wrote the book about it, so the prase goes mostly to her – good job, Cherry bomb!