Kinky Boots (2005)

A shoe empire magnate is inspired to make shoes for drag queens when his company hits financial trouble. Starring Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jemima Rooper.

Again, this was one of those shot-in-the-dark films. Not my usual genre to watch out of choice, this proved to be a very good film indeed.

I recognized Edgerton from the wholesome The Odd Life of Timothy Green and thought that I would be very bored when watching Kinky Boots. Edgerton is certainly good in this film, even though his character is made to look foolish in the end at the Milan fashion show before Lola and her girls sweep in to save the day.

In this film, Ejiofor shines as ‘Lola’ a transvestite cabaret singer. For one thing, (if I do say myself) Ejiofor portrays a very beautiful woman and his outfits are fantastic. Transvestitism is represented positively as opposed to the tunnel-vision of the heterosexual normative world. The dance sequence at the end of the film is brilliant even though the circumstances of the scene are somewhat convoluted. Fun, nevertheless.

It is interesting that the people who are close-minded about transvestisms are those in the shoe factory itself while a member of the older generation accepts Lola’s unconventional way of life and only asked about it because it would have affected the bathroom arrangements.

While it is not a film I would normally chose to watch, I would highly recommend it to others. Especially if you like shoes.

MY RATING: **** / *****

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