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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Kinky Boots

I have finally found myself employment in the tech field, and I have found the effect of waking in the morning with purpose has renewed and refreshed the dormant desire to write. As with most things in life, when I have no time to spare is when I choose to squeeze every second I can into my ignored pastimes.

Kinky Boots is a movie from 2005, directed by Julian Jarrell and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Joel Edgerton, Sarah - Jane Potts, and Nick Frost, among many others.

Sarah selected this film, as it has become a Broadway musical, and she has her heart in the arts of all sorts, plus a job at a theatre.

The movie is a very generic feel good film for the most part, wherein a struggling company must change in a "radical" way in order to become profitable again. British of course, we can't have these kinds of stories stateside where all business succeed.  It follows the same tracks as movies like The Full Monty or The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Just with slightly more transvestites.

Joel Edgerton is the main character, and frankly, he is a blank and boring slate for most of the movie. I guess that fits fine with the story, but there is simply nothing memorable about his performance. He even managed to suck the charisma out of thigh high "ladies" boots.

Enough about that shit, there is something to be noted in this movie. Noted and praised unendingly.

Chiwetel Ejiofor was fan - freaking - tastic.

In the movie he plays Lola, a showboating and intelligent drag queen, and he absolutely steals the show by singing and dancing, strutting and pouting, just having a stellar time characterizing her into a 3D realized person. The black hole of charisma that Edgerton unfortunately was could not compete with what Ejiofor is pumping out.

So many smiles, so worth a watch, all because of Ejiofor.

Give it watch if you feel like a feel - good movie and are not squeamish about men in drag.