“KINKY BOOTS”–another drag movie

“KINKY BOOTS”

Another Drag Movie

Amos Lassen

The movies have always been fascinated by drag. Think to yourself how much drag comes to the silver screen and you will find that it is a great deal more times than you considered. And here is yet another drag movie, “Kinky Boots” (Miramax). Based on a true story, this is a feel good comedy which is refreshing and fun.

The Price family has prided itself on making sensible and comfortable yet conservative shoes for men. As time passes this type of shoe is no longer the money maker it once was and young Charlie Price, in an attempt to save the company from bankruptcy, hires a new creative consultant who just happens to be a cross-dressing cabaret singer. The new creations that come out of the conservative shoe factory are outrageous and the wild designs bring a breath of a fresh air into a company on the verge of death. The moral the movie gives is that the best way to fit in is to stand out.

When young Charlie Price’s dad dies unexpectantly puts him in a position that he really doesn’t want. When he hires Lola to save the company they decide to change the face of the business by making men’s fetish footwear. The struggle to introduce unorthodox ideas while dealing with the prejudices of the staff and the public at large is the gist of the plot of the film.

Inspired by a true story, there are enough laughs here to make the sourest of people have a good guffaw. It is a cheeky, fun little movie with a big big message of tolerance. Chiwetel Ejiofor is brilliant as Lola/Simon, the drag queen and he is one to watch. It is his movie from start to finish and he wears it with love. The drag sequences are nothing short of hysterical and when you finish watching the movie you will be sporting an ear to ear grin. All of the actors are great, the script is tidy and the color photography is beautiful. As one of the new wave of British comedies, “Kinky Boots” holds its place with the best of them. Not only do you laugh but you think about the movie and some fundamental questions that are asked here include the issue of whether Lola is really gay or just a cross dresser and what is really the relationship between Charlie and Lola.

Just sit back, plop in the disc and before you know it you will be having a really good time.

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