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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Julian Jarrold / Actors: Nick Frost, Chiwetel Ejiofor ... / DVD released 06 February, 2006 at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      19.02.2010 18:44
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      Great British Comedy

      Kinky Boots is an excellent British comedy which is made all the more interesting for me as it is based on the hsoe industry in my home town of Northampton.

      Charlie father owned a shoe factory in Northampton and always intended to leave it to his son however Charlie has no interest in running a factory, when his father does finally pass away Charlie returns to Northampton to take over the running of the business however his heart is not in it and then he discovers that due to an error by his father the factory may actually have to close down. Through a starnge quirk of events Charlie meets Lola, a flamboyant cross dresser who bemonas the fact that the boots and shoes he wears often suffer from broken heals as they are not designed to hold his weight and Charlie hits on an idea of making a bootfor this niche market as a way of saving the factory.

      The story is very easy to follow and also very interesting so I did not take my eyes off of the screen as I didn't want to miss anything as I was enjoying it so much. It plays out very well and as far as I can see there are absolutely no weakness in any part of the script so once it has grabbed your attention then it is hard to let go.

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      Joel Edgerton - Charlie Price
      Chiwetel Ejiofor - Lola
      Jemima Rooper - Nicola
      Nick Frost - Don

      This is a funny film and the funniest character by a country mile is Lola played brilliantly by Chiwetel Ejiofor however the rest of the cast provide excellent support for him and Joel Edgerton as Charlie.

      This is one of those films which once you have seen it you will be only too happy to watch it a second time as it is a nice feel good film with some wonderful comedy moments in it. The script is sharp and the comic timing of the performers is excellent with that dry understated British humourcontrasting well with the more flamboyant mannerisms of Lola.

      It is hard to find anything wrong with this film and it is well worth seeing and can be bought on Amazon for £4.98.

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        19.09.2009 11:25
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        Brit flick at it's best.

        If you think of successful uplifting British film from recent years you might think 'The Full Monty', 'Billy Elliot' or 'Calendar Girls', but 'Kinky Boots'? Maybe it's just because of the title (doesn't sound very British does it?), but it didn't really hit the big time like these, but after watching it, then starting all over and watching it again I enjoyed it every but as much as likes of 'Billy Elliot' etc.

        Based on a true story, 'Kinky Boots' tells the story of Charlie, a factory owner from Northampton who has just taken over the debt ridden business from his recently deceased father. Clueless to how the businesses works, he discovers just how much trouble it's in and resorts to making redundancies to save money, saying to each employee 'what can I do?' until one turns round and says 'change the product'. A visit to London to get rid of excess stock look set to be a disaster until a chance encounter with a drag queen called Lola (what else?), reveals Charlie's new niche market.

        I don't think I'm giving too much away to say this film follows in in the footsteps of afore mentioned Brit flicks in that the guys from the grim north reach the top in the end. (I'm aware Northampton it's exactly 'up north' but according to Lola, north is anything up from Tottenham Court Road.)

        I think it's easy to tell that I loved this film, and yes the slightly alternative fairytale plot helped but the real strength of this film is in the brilliant cast. Perhaps not many faces you will recognise from the lead roles, but a few familiar faces to be seen in the equally brilliant supporting roles. The main cast are as follows -

        Joel Edgerton as Charlie Price
        Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola
        Sarah-Jane Potts as Lauren
        Nick Frost as Don
        Linda Bassett as Mel
        Jemima Rooper as Nicola
        Robert Pugh as Harold Price
        Stephen Marcus as Big Mike
        Mona Hammond as Pat

        Joel Edgerton plays the mousey Charlie Price, weak but with a big heart, he's clueless and needs a little help from Lauren, played by the very pretty Sarah Jane Potts. Edgerton plays this character brilliantly, as an audience we are with him and want him to succeed, crucial in any film of this nature.

        Most people will recognise Nick Frost (of Shaun of the Dead fame) as the butch, transvestite hating tough guy of the factory, Don. He leads a great group of people who make up the Price factory workers.

        The real star of the show though is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Lola, and Simon, Lola's off stage name. Ejiofor plays both Simon and Lola with equal success but still including enough of each in the other to show they're the same person deep down and we sympathise with both Simon and Lola as an audience. Lola is a fantastic character, and we see her at her best in a London club as she does her cabaret act, witty and hilariuosly bitchy, Ejiofor delivers the lines to perfection. This may as well be classed as a comedy, as all the scenes involving Lola doing her thing make me laugh out loud.

        Of course apart from just portraying a demanding character, the part of Lola demands a big voice and Ejiofor delivers on this too. The musical numbers in this film are really powerful, with a number of perhaps obvious choices, 'These Boots are made for Walking' and 'In these Shoes' as two examples. In looking around on the interent after seeing this film, there is talk on some pages of this being made into a musical for the stage. I think this could be a real winner, especially with someone as charismatic as Ejiofor in the lead. I can almost see it as a Rocky Horror type outing, not just for it's cross dressing references. Everyone turns up in drag or at least on outrageous boots, with Lola being Kinky Boots' Frank n Furter!

        The DVD of Kinky Boots contains an interesting mini documentary on 'The real Kinky Boots factory'. As I mentioned this is a true story - of the shoes factory Divine, and aswell as being filmed in an authentic working shoe factory a number of the workers from the real Divine factory featured as factory workers in the film. A nice touch I thought.

        Overall, if you like a feel good film with a witty script, talented performers and some great musical numbers then give Kinky Boots a try. I'm still baffled as to why it didn't go bigger and why some critics panned it so. Yes, it's formulaic I suppose, but is that such a bad thing? Not every film needs to keep you guessing to be enjoyable.

        I bought my copy from HMV, for £5 -bargain. Shop around though as I've seen it some places for over £15.

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          10.10.2008 00:01
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          Glamorised version of a "true" story

          The film looks nice and the basic plot is OK. It's based on a true story, and I'm sure then vigorously brutalized to have maximum impact on the viewers at the cinema. Non TV's (transvestites) and people who don't know any TV's are going to leave the cinema thinking all TV's are like Lola and taking Lola's definition of TV (we're nothing like Brezhnev in a dress darling, get your research right) and thinking more drag queen.

          Lola can't seem to decide if she's a TV or a drag queen. Most drag queens are gay men pastiching women. Most TV's are straight men who want to wear womens clothes for pleasure or excitement. Simple as that. I have no idea where they filmed "The Angel Bar", but it looked very much like Madame Jo Jo's in Soho. If it was then they wouldn't allow an all male stag party in there, It's just not that kind of place.

          The end where Charlie falls for the girl who works with him and comes up with the idea of changing lines is predictable. That Lola turns up and bales Charlie out in Milan, likewise predictable. And that Lola didn't think the landlady thought she was female? Unlikely. Women can almost always read a TV. Not a bad film, Fairly feel good. I wish they'd done a bit more research on transvestites and not so much on shoes like they obviously did.

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            17.08.2008 17:23
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            This film is set in what is a traditional family business English mens shoe factory in Northampton. When Charlie takes over the business he realises that it's going down fast. Charlie has a chance meeting with Lola, a drag queen from London (who is also known as Simon) and she tells him about how finding a sexy but sturdy pair of high heels with a mans weight on them is far more difficult than it should be.

            Charlie sees a niche in the market that he thinks he can fill, so he sets about making Lola some boots. However what he comes up with a far too sensible, so under Lolas watchful eye, he sets about making her designs instead. They set about turning the business around so that it makes a profit, but they hit a snag with Charlies fiance (an estate agent) who is set on converting the factory into condo's.

            This film is absolutely hilarious and a must see for everyone! Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a brilliant role as Lola/Simon. The character really contrasts with the male workers in the factory, where they are under the impression men should be men. Lola is a very rare sight to them and one they are not accustomed to and have no idea how to act. They display an unbelievable bigotry towards Lolas character and it is a while before they accept her. I thought this film showed that stereotypes can be very hurtful, and it approached those areas well.

            The character that I really didn't like was Charlies fiance. She displayed a very narrow minded opinion all the way through the film, and a complete disregard for Charlies feelings since he wanted to keep the factory in his family. I know the character was probably written so that people didn't like her, but as an estate agent she seemed very snobby and money orientated.

            There are some brilliant musical numbers in this film, so much so that I even have the sound track now! Chiwetel Ejiofor does great songs, and even injects humour into some of them which is what makes it stand out for me. The best songs he does are Together We Are Beautiful and his mix of These boots are made for walking/ cha cha heels/ In these shoes/ Going back to my roots.

            This film can brought on amazon now for £4.98 which is brilliant value because me and my sister brought this when it was priced £10 and I would even consider that great value as the RRP is £19.99 and it's is one of those films you can watch over again.

            Certificate 12

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              30.06.2008 18:16
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              Enjoyable British comedy

              Charlie Price thinks that he is finally escaping the ancient industrial monstrosity that is his father's shoe factory with partner Nicola to start a new life elsewhere. Then his father suddenly dies and Charlie is forced to decide what to do with the factory, which is running at a loss. A trip to London leads to an encounter with Lola, a drag queen, who, along with factory worker Lauren, gives Charlie the idea to start diversifying...into making sexy leather boots for cross dressers and tranvestites. Wanting to take the boots to Milan, Charlie pressurises his staff into making the perfect boots to Lola's design, much to Nicola's embarrassment. Will Charlie manage to see his dream come true? Or is he doomed to failure.

              Charlie Price is played by Joel Edgerton, an Australian actor that has never come to my attention before. I thought he was excellent as Charlie - he had just the right amount of geekiness with a streak of determination running through it that made me feel sorry for him while wanting him to succeed. In hindsight, I should have felt quite sorry for his wife, whose life was turned upside down by a dream that she didn't have a part of and didn't understand, but Edgerton's performance was such that he commanded the sympathy, whereas I thought that Nicola (Jemima Rooper) was a selfish cow. And I promised myself I wouldn't let another man dupe me!!

              The real star of the film has to be Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola. He made an incredibly attractive drag queen - he has the most amazingly expressive eyes - but there was more to his performance that his appearance. His/her love for life and determination to overcome everything that was thrown his way came over really strongly and made every appearance really special - although Lola is not on-screen all that often.

              Sarah-Jane Potts plays Lauren, Charlie's eventual love interest. She didn't really stand out all that much though - it could have been pretty much any attractive actress in the role. In fact, I thought Lauren and Nicola were more or less interchangeable, which doesn't say a lot for either actress, bearing in mind the difference in their personalities. Nick Frost has a small role as a factory worker and, while he doesn't have much of a speaking role, he does the occasional comic turn which are all the funnier because they tend to be going on in the background.

              I really liked the plot to the film. If it wasn't based on a real story, I would think that it was highly original, if not very realistic. As it is, I found the whole idea really charming, all the more so because it did happen, albeit with a few changes here and there. The great thing about this film was that I didn't really ever know what was going to happen next, but whatever happened was managed with a great dollop of gentle British humour and I loved it.

              I thought the whole drag queen issue was dealt with very well. We get to see a hint of Lola's background by means of a flashback to when he was a child and liked wearing women's shoes, much to his father's disapproval. We also see him getting beaten up just because of the way he looks. Yet, I didn't feel that the director, Julian Jarrold, wanted the audience to feel sorry for him - he just wanted us to see Lola for what he is, just another person with feelings that can get hurt. No doubt there will always be some people that can't see past the clothes and make-up, but at least films like these challenge the so-called social norm. Unforunately, it was apparently banned in Malaysia - but then Malaysian censorship has always been very harsh - in my opinion, there is certainly nothing overtly sexual in the film that is inappropriate for teenagers. The language does turn the air blue at times, but it is no worse than I heard in my local town centre today.

              There is a great soundtrack to the film, accompanied, at times, by Lola's caberet performances. I particularly loved the scene at the Milan fashion show - very Moulin Rouge. Songs include David Bowie's The Prettiest Star and These Boots are Made for Walking and Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, sung by Ejiofor himself.

              I loved this film because it is very British, with quirky humour and a moral that I'm sure a non-British population can also enjoy. I really wish there were more films like this. Julian Jarrold also directed Becoming Jane and Brideshead Revisited, which I believe will be shown later this year - after this, I am really looking forward to seeing what he does with a much-loved British classic like Brideshead. I think most people will find something to like in Kinky Boots - you would have to be quite hard-hearted not to - although I think it will appeal more to women than men. Recommended.

              The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.

              Classification: 12

              Running time: 107 minutes

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                Based on a true story, this original film will have you laughing and sympathising simultaneously.

                This film is set in a family-run Northampton shoe factory, inherited by son Charlie after his dad dies. Unfortunately the business is going down the pan, and to corner a niche market Charlie decides to make women's shoes and boots for men (i.e. transvestites, drag queens etc.). There are also sub plots which address the issues of transgendered people in society and Charlie's relationship with his fiancee.

                My first impression of this film was that it was a realistic, well-made Brit flick. The acting was of great quality throughout, and I couldn't tell at all that a lot of the extras were genuine workers in the shoe factory used for filming. Chiwetel Ejiofor made an excellent drag queen, a better woman than some women are, in fact! His songs were great. The accents put on by the actors were also superb.

                I was very surprised by the events and transvestite elements of the film, having gone into it without any prior knowledge or expectations, but it worked really well. I forgot that it said 'based on a true story' at the beginning and thought it even more clever as it definitely came across as a work of fiction.

                It's a good length, being 107 minutes, and I was gripped all the way through. I never realised how complicated the shoe making process was, though you see it rather than hear about it so it's not boring or repetitive. It was also fun to see all the different shoes and boots on display, from designer Milan wear to drag queen club get up.

                One part of the film that I thought could have been improved on was the relationship between Charlie and his fiancee; their break up was unclear and I think a lot more could have been made about it. It was also pretty predictable, and she was so evil it was difficult to see how they got together or why they remained together at all. Pretty 2D. It would also have been interesting to develop a bit more on Lola/Simon's relationship with his dad (they did this badly and cut it - it's in the deleted scenes).

                The bonus material sadly doesn't have a blooper reel. However, it is divided into sections:
                # Audio Commentary By Director Julian Jarrold And The Cast
                # The Real Kinky Boots Factory
                # Deleted Scenes
                # Journey Of A Brogue

                I have to confess I didn't listen to the audio commentary as I don't like them, but I did look at the other sections so I'll give you my view on those.

                # The Real Kinky Boots Factory

                This was a short piece showing the real-life shooting of the film on its various locations, focusing on the factory. This was interesting as it showed the actors' views on shoe making and how difficult it was; the actress who played Lauren's anecdote detailing her problems was particularly amusing. It also helped to create a link between real life and the film, which added to its plausibility and interest.

                # Deleted Scenes

                As I always say, they are deleted for a reason! Maybe 4 or 5 different scenes removed from the film either because they didn't fit, or were too crazy, I can only assume. The final deleted scene is an alternative ending, and it might have been better to label it as such (particularly for people like me who would be interested in that but don't normally like deleted scenes).

                # Journey Of A Brogue

                This was a look at how a shoe is made from beginning to end, basically a few minutes of clips of the involved process. I kind of expected an audio commentary for this as some parts I had difficulty following as they were so quick and/or involved, but no luck. Still quite interesting though, and my attention was lagging by this point so probably a good thing!

                Overall, a fantastic film in itself and added extras on the DVD make it a worthwhile buy. The classification is a 12, and whereas there are no physically violent or sexual scenes, the issues themselves about acceptance and transgender might prove difficult for younger people.

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                Good British film based upon a true story. Although im not too sure how accurate the film is

                | FILM ONLY REVIEW |
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                Kinky Boots is a British comedy/drama movie which was released on October 7th 2005. The film was directed by Julian Jarrold whom also directed Becoming Jane in 2007. The film was written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and the plot for the film was inspired by the true story of a Traditional English men's shoe factory in Northampton which started producing shoes and boots for transvestites in order to keep the business thriving and in order to maintain the jobs for the local community. Kinky Boots has a BBFC rating of 12 due to some sexual content and bad language. The film has an average run time of approximately 107 minutes.

                Kinky Boots portrays the story of Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) whom inherits the family's Traditional Shoe Business in Northampton after his father dies suddenly. All is not well however and Charlie soon realises that the family business Price and Son's faces bankruptcy if he doesn't find another way to raise the cash in order to keep the business afloat and pay his staff. Charlie starts sourcing London for new clients and ideas in order to raise more cash and revenue for the business when he meets Lola a transvestite from Soho who has a crazy outrageous fashion sense. Lola talks to Charlie about making large sized kinky boots for the make fetish market and Charlie agrees only if Lola designs the boots. It is a bit of a far shot but Charlie and Lola decide to persevere and see if their idea launches and saves the family business.....

                Charlie Price's character is played by Australian actor Joel Edgerton; I haven't watched any films in the past where Joel Edgerton plays a part. However his acting capabilities amazed me and so did the character he played, I really liked his character Charlie Price because he was sincere, genuine and an all round nice guy who thought of others before himself. You immediately sense that he would go out of his way in order to help someone out right from the start of the film and this is what makes the film as moving and heart felt as it is. One particular scene in the film which shows how caring and helpful Charlie actually is when he helps Lola when she is mugged in a street in London. There is great deal of emotion in this film and the emotion is mainly based around Charlie and Lola

                The emotion portrayed throughout the film is totally convincing and believable and I think that all the characters involved pull it off exceptionally well, mainly Charlie and Lola as they are the central characters. As well as Charlie being a very likable character you also feel really sorry for him several times throughout the whole film as he has a lot on his plate, he is struggling to cope with the death of his father and is still going through grieving transition and to top it all off he is running out of money and fast. Charlie's Fiancée Nicola is like a Cruella De Ville character and is really hard on him and quite bossy and bitchy, Nicola is a character whom you immediately hate right from the start of the film and I think that this was the way her character was meant to be portrayed.

                Lola whom is the transvestite is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, I have only ever seen Chiwetel perform in one film before and that was Love Actually. Chiwetel's acting capabilities really shone in Kinky Boots as he was able to pull off the stereotypical transvestite role brilliantly and accurately. His character wasn't in your face or loud and this is what made the character one of the most sincere and believable in the film, the only loud thing about the character was the brightly coloured outrageous clothes and shoes he was wearing. Chiwetel was also a great singer and dancer in the film and he had a lot of choreographed scenes which I think he pulled off exceptionally, it was surprising to see him dance as well in the high heeled shoes he was wearing. The shoes which he wore in most parts of the film were really high and I myself would have an awful bother trying to walk in them as the heels were approximately 6 inches high and some of them had a 3 inch wedge on them as well. Again Lola was a really sincere character who you also felt sorry for as people were always judging her because she was a transvestite. However Lola never let the rude people get her down and replied to one man "I'm more man than you'll ever be, and more woman than you'll ever get" This quote just goes to show how strong her character actually is, and despite what people think of her she will always pick herself back up again.

                I really liked the costumes and make up which were used for Lola and these aspects of the film were ones which really stuck out. I think that the brightly coloured clothes, shoes and make up were inspired from the 1994 film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Even the camera angles, lighting and soundtrack were all very memorable. These skills are particularly memorable when you witness the "kinky Boots" being made in the Price and sons factory, as there is a lot of upbeat music and close ups of the seams being sewed onto the PVC Boots, so much so that you could actually see every stitch being sewn by the sewing machines.

                Even the performance from the shoe factory employees was excellent, they seemed to play the parts well so much so that their interpretation of shoe making was entirely believable as they all seemed to know hoe to work the factory machinery and make the shoes. I think that most of the factory workers were trained to use the machinery before filming began so as their roles were believable and portrayed what it is like to work in a factory and face redundancy.

                I thought that Kinky Boots was a good British film, although a little bit long (100 minutes) at some points in the film I actually thought that the story line was being dragged on a little too long with particular reference to the bankruptcy and shoe making scenes. What could have been summed up in a few minutes was evidentially dragged out into a 25-30 minute scene which evidentially gave almost a word for word account of what happened and what needed to be done. Apart from that the story line seemed to pick up pace and was more enjoyable to watch in the latter part of the film which was approximately a third of the way through. I think it would have been a much more enjoyable film had they cut out most of the long winded scenes at the beginning of the film.

                This is more of a drama type film as opposed to a comedy as there are very few funny moments and scenes in the film. The only funny parts in the film are quotes from the characters such as the Lola's quote " "I'm more man than you'll ever be, and more woman than you'll ever get" you wont be necessarily laughing out loud whilst watching the film but some parts will make you smile. Again this is another film which has a predictable story line where as some times you actually know what is going to happen before it does. Typically some of the songs used in the film are really well known ones such as, I put a Spell You, Summer Holiday and My Bonny Lies Over The Ocean which all really seem to fit in with the scenes they are used in.

                If you liked films such as The Full Monty, and Billy Elliott then this would probably be a film you would like to watch. Kinky Boots DVD can be bought from Amazon and costs £4.98. Although this is a film that you would probably only watch the once as it does drag on for a while, so I would see if someone you know had the DVD and you can borrow it from them.

                Director ~ Julian Jarrold
                Release date ~ October 2005
                Run Time ~ 107 minutes approximately

                CAST
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                Joel Edgerton ~ Charlie Price
                Chiwetel Ejiofor ~ Lola
                Sarah-Jane Potts ~ Lauren
                Nick Frost ~ Don
                Linda Bassett ~ Mel
                Jemima Rooper ~ Nicola
                Robert Pugh ~ Harold Price
                Ewan Hooper ~ George
                Stephen Marcus ~ Big Mike
                Mona Hammond ~ Pat
                Kellie Bright ~ Jeannie
                Joanna Scanlan ~ Trish
                Geoffrey Streatfield ~ Richard Bailey
                Leo Bill ~ Harry Sampson
                Gwenllian Davies ~ Mrs. Cobb

                Thanks for reading
                :o) Lisa x

                © Butterfly-Wings
                2008


                ~~~~Review written by me and also posted on Ciao~~~~~

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                  01.06.2007 12:57
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                  Lightweight British movie

                  No-one does a good feel-good flick like the Brits. This film is all about feeling good about oneself. It is not an out and out comedy, you won't be roaring with laughter but there are some amusing and touching moments.

                  The film is actually loosely based on a real Northampton shoe factory. In the film, Price's Shoemakers have been making quality men's shoes for generations. The last generation Charlie (Joel Edgerton) doesn't really fit in with the mould and moves down to London with his fiancée to work in Marketing. However, upon the death of his father returns to the business that has been left to him. Muddling on for a bit, he discovers a major order had been cancelled and the company was on the brink of collapse. It is on an unsuccessful business trip to London that Charlie first stumbles across Lola, a drag queen (Chiwetel Ejiofor), with a broken boot. Back in Northampton he is forced to make staff redundant but feisty factory girl Lauren (Sarah Jane Potts) fights back and asks what Charlie is trying to do about it. This sets Charlie thinking and finally the penny drops (the audience had worked it out about fifteen minutes earlier) and he persuades Lauren to come down to London with him to meet Lola.

                  Obviously the path of fabulous shoe making does not run smoothly. Lola has a few teething problems with some of the staff at the factory. This is done sensitively and with humour, there are no cheap gags. The film is basically about knowing who you are, and being comfortable with that. It is not just Charlie and Lola who has to work this out. Director Julian Jarrold, whose background until now has been in TV direction, makes this a simple, easy to watch film that is not over-long or complicated. You don't have to try hard to make a good film and the story (inspired by a TV documentary) tells itself. Yes, it is a tad predictable in places but I found I didn't really mind. You don't watch this film if you are looking to be challenged or intellectually stimulated!

                  Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance as Lola is full of charisma and enthusiasm. I gather his performance was appreciated by the transvestite community as being sensitive and accurate, rather than a parody. He has a good singing voice and is a talented performer. If the acting didn't work out… He is ably supported by a cast of actors that are 'normal', and although some are recognizable for past TV roles, generally they play regular people with no pretensions, which is exactly the appeal of the film. Potentially the film could have stereotyped 'Northern' (Lola's description, before anyone wants to pick me up on my geography!) factory workers as well as drag queens, but seems to narrowly avoid all the pitfalls to make this a very watchable film. I would definitely recommend it; this is no ground-breaking cinematic masterpiece but perfect if you are looking for an amusing, entertaining film with its feet on the ground.

                  DVD EXTRAS

                  There is a 15 minute featurette entitled 'The Real Kinky Boot Factory' about the documentary that inspired the makers to turn the story into a film, and the training the actors had in order to be able to operate the machinery. There are also four deleted scenes, which are OK, certainly I have seen worse. They are even finished properly with background music also, unlike some I've seen which are just rough cuts. There is a short montage to music entitled 'Journey of a Brogue' showing pictorially how a shoe is made. Audio Commentary is also available.

                  The film is a certificate 12, there is limited bad language.

                  Running time is 104 minutes.

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                    Good fun, but nothing that will change your world!

                    I could not help noticing on watching ‘Kinky Boots’ that a lot of the new crop of British and Irish actors have played drag queens, or at the very least metrosexual men. I do not know if it is reflects on me, but they are amongst the actors that I look forward to seeing in films most! The likes of Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto), Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Jonathon Reyes Meyers (all Velvet Goldmine) are amongst the best actors around and have all glammed up. Add now to the list another of my favourite current actors as Chiwetel Ejiofor dons a pair of ‘two foot tubular sex’ red boots as Lola!

                    ‘Kinky Boots’ is based on a real life story of a shoe factory in Northampton diversifying to produce women’s shoes for Drag Queens. Charlie Price’s dad has just died and left him with a shoe factory that is going bust. After a chance meeting in London Charlie discovers a world of glamorous ‘women’ that have a bad time finding quality shoes. Charlie convinces Lola, a lead singer in a Drag Queen cabaret act, to return to Northampton with him to help him create a range of footwear that will wow the shoe wholesalers in Milan. Will the working class people in the factory be able to work with the eccentric Lola, and will Charlie relationship with his fiancée survive the financial struggle that running a factory will create?

                    The element of ‘Kinky Boots’ which I enjoyed the most was the fairytale way in which the story unfolded. The first half in particular is different enough to other British comedy of opposites, in that it has a slightly surreal edge, to make it interesting viewing. The fact that the film is based on a true story means that it does return to conventional methods for its final act, but it separates it enough from the likes of ‘Up and Under’. ‘Kinky Boots’ does find itself in the long shadow of ‘The Full Monty’ and is not quite able to differentiate itself. Both are about working class folk struggling to make a living in any way that they can. However, this film is still fun enough to make it a good watch on TV, or as a cheap rental.

                    The successes of the film are due in a large part to the character and acting of Lola by Ejiofor. This is a 6ft + black man who is able to create a vulnerable character that is bombastic in costume, but incredibly unsure out of it. Lola’s journey parallels well with Charlie’s as he tries to take a step out of his father’s legacy and bring the factory into the new century. Both Charlie and Lola discover new things about themselves by helping the other. Ejiofor is excellent as usual and proves that he is a very diverse actor who is not scared to play any role. Joel Edgerton also does a good job as he is very convincing as an Englishman even though he is Australian.

                    The rest of the characters do not fair as well as these two as many of them revert to stereotypes that we have seen in countless recent British films. Even the central character of Charlie is somewhat of a wimp and I found it difficult to see how he motivated people or attracted the women in the film. If being a wet lettuce was enough to attract ladies I would wave a leaf of iceberg in the air for attention. The rest of the ensemble are too one dimensional to make the film anything other than a feel good family comedy. Nick Frost as Don does stand out, but that is probably because I know him from the excellent ‘Spaced’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’.

                    ‘Kinky Boots’ is a film that seems to want to tackle the conventions of the British film mould, but ends up being like all the others. The idea behind the film has plenty of scope for rich comedy, but ends up relying on the routine stuff that has been popular for ten years now. The direction by Julian Jarrold is in someway to blame as he abandons the whimsical fairytale style that made the first half hour so appealing. The rest of the film is directed in a competent but none exciting way.

                    A mention of the costumes is needed as well due to the nature of the film. Ejiofor gets to wear an assortment of women’s fashions and they were very flamboyant. However, even though I am not an expert in fashion (for Drag Queens of not), I thought that the boots they made were hideous and would never sell! I felt that the costumes, like the entire production, may have been hampered by a lower budget.

                    Overall, ‘Kinky Boots’ is a harmless and fun British comedy that is unlikely to change anyone’s view that we make very capable, but uninspiring movies. The central premise is a good one with the acting by the main players very good. However, like the direction, the story descends from being unique and interesting, to being just like every other British comedy of the past ten years. If Jarrold had held his nerve and taken the film in a more original direction this could have been better. Instead we have an average film that was pleasant to watch, but that will not ignite the British film industry.


                    Director: Julian Jarrold
                    Year: 2005
                    Starring: Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor
                    Price: Amazon uk £4.97
                    Play.com £7.99
                    CD Wow £6.99


                    Extras

                    The extras are few, but quality is good. The commentary brings together the principle players; there are also some deleted scenes. The most interesting extra is the featurette on the real events on which the film is based.

                    Good enough extras but no Avenger’s ‘Kinky Boots’ song!

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                      28.04.2006 12:11
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                      British comedy movies are always worth taking a look at and Kinky Boots is no exception. As a girl I am obsessed with the ideas of beautiful shoes anyway so I just saw the front cover with a gorgeous pair of red boots and thought I will watch this. I had no idea what it was about and did not even read any reviews on it so I was totally in the dark but me, my sister Sam and my Mom and Dad sat down to watch it and we enjoyed every single minute.

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                      The Film:

                      A young child is sitting all alone on a lonely bench on the seafront somewhere in Britain. They have grubby shoes on but next to them is a pair of glittery high heels. The child gently slips their feet into the high heels and proceeds to dance around the pier having fun. A knock on the window brings the child back to reality as the child’s Dad speaks to them saying to take those shoes off son and come inside.

                      The next thing we see is a young child caller Charlie who is being led around a shoe factory specialising in sensible men’s shoes. His father owns the factory and is telling Charlie that some day the factory will be all of his. When Charlie is an adult he is planning to move in with his fiancée far away from the factory because he hates shoes as he has had to grow up learning about nothing else.

                      When his father dies unexpectedly it turns out that the factory is left to Charlie to run and as a result he has to move back up to Northampton to run it. Charlie finds out that his father had actually got the staff working on the wrong shoe contract so actually the factory would have to make cutbacks and then there is a possibility it may have to shut down unless they can come up with something amazing for a Milan fashion show that they attend annually.

                      While down South visiting his fiancée, Charlie notices a lady getting attacked in the street and approaches to help. He soon gets knocked out and when he wakes up he finds himself in a dressing room sitting opposite a cross dresser called Lola. Lola is complaining that she has to wear ladies shoes but because she is really a he, the shoes often break as high heels are just not built for a mans frame.

                      Charlie comes up with an idea that they should start making boots for the cross dressing scene by putting a steel plate through to hold the men’s frame. With Lola on hand telling them how sexy she wants the shoes they find themselves all getting into how kinky they can actually make boots.


                      Verdict on the story:

                      What a fun story to do and using it around the subject of shoes is a fantastic idea as you can have so many weird and wacky designs that everybody can be made happy. The fact that Charlie is forced to continue with the factory for the family is great as it really gives over the idea how important some tight knit family businesses are and the contrast with the dull factory and then the extremely colourful scene of the cross dressers and the shows is great and it makes the story worth following.

                      The actual story is great as anybody who has tried to be a success at something such as a business will know how much effort and creativity needs to be put in as well as creating a great atmosphere in a team, especially in a factory as the work is slightly monotonous. The story gives you themes such as achievement, determination, comedy and success so all in all it is a very positive film.

                      The story is very easy to follow and also very interesting so I did not take my eyes off of the screen as I didn’t want to miss anything as I was enjoying it so much. It plays out very well and as far as I can see there are absolutely no weakness in any part of the script so once it has grabbed your attention then it is hard to let go.

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                      Cast and Characters:

                      Joel Edgerton – Charlie Price
                      Chiwetel Ejiofor – Lola
                      Jemima Rooper – Nicola
                      Nick Frost – Don
                      Sarah Jane Potts – Lauren


                      Verdict on the Cast and Characters:

                      The cast is great and considering the only person I had heard of was Ejiofor because he was in Serenity I actually did recognize quite a few of them during the film. With respects to their acting they were all great so not one bit of bad acting throughout the whole film which was fantastic. I think Edgerton was fantastic as one of the main characters but my favourtie was Potts as she just looks such a fun and good actress to work with as she seems quite bubbly but that may just be the character talking.

                      With regards to characters I will not be forgetting this lot any time soon as they were all strong and memorable. My favourite is Lola because she is funny and has the kind of confidence that I know I wish I had. All of the characters are likeable though and none of them are nasty so the film is very nice basically.

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                      Things to know:

                      Runtime – 107 minutes
                      Certificate – 12
                      Price – £13.99 on Amazon

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                      Verdict:

                      What a film and one I will be watching again because I am going to buy it this weekend as I loved it so much. I think the reason it is so great is because it has some wonderful British actors and then great British humour and it is such a warm story that you cannot help but love the film itself.

                      The story itself is one of the best I have seen in a while for a comedy film as the comedy is not in your face slapstick humour but you do have to watch the film closely to get much of it. It is a very British film though and buy that I mean that you do have a lot of comedy but there are also some dramas in the form of Lola being accepted in society which is portrayed very really and I think the way they have handled it is very good indeed.

                      With regards to characters I just love Lola as I think she is excellent and very loveable and I think her character is how a real person like her would be. She is not accepted straight away by many people because it is considered out of the norm for a man to want to dress as a woman and it shouldn’t be because people are free to do what they want to do. She is by far the nicest character in the film and one I will remember.

                      One thing I will say is not to dismiss this film guys. I know at first glances it seems to be quite a girly film but my Dad joined us half way through and really enjoyed watching it and admitted he would have liked to have seen the start. I think it is a film for everybody and although it has a 12 rating there is not anything really that is embarrassing as there is hardly any swearing, no sex and the only violence is done very lightly so it should be suitable for most.

                      The film is colourful and the sets are fantastic and I think it is actually a joy to watch as it is so fun. It is nice to see a British film that I believe could rival many of Hollywood movies for the way it has been shot as direction on the movie is fantastic.

                      In conclusion this film gets five stars from me for sure. I think it is the funniest British film I have seen in a long time and it has so many underlying themes that it remains 100% interesting throughout as is so enjoyable that it does make you want to watch it again. It is funny, romantic and above all things entertaining so if you do fancy a great British film then watch this.

                      Thanks for reading.

                      xxx

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                      When you are a tall strapping man who dresses like a woman for a living, finding a pair of sexy but durable shoes can be worth your weight in gold. Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor)--a drag queen also known as Simon--finds her shoe salvation in straight-laced Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), who has inherited his father's shoe factory. Unable to pay the bills making traditional loafers and wingtips, Charlie agrees to make Lola a pair of kinky boots that turn out to be so fabulous the pair end up going into business together. They face a few obstacles, such as the bawdy union workers who aren't too keen on taking orders from a drag queen who's more of a man than they are. Then there's Charlie's posh real estate girlfriend, who wants to convert the factory into pricey condos. While the movie doesn't provide any real surprises (or even any scenes as suggestive as its title might suggest), the film (which is loosely based on a true story) is highly entertaining that will delight fans of both comedy and shoes. --Jae-Ha Kim