K is for: Review: Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots stars Joel Edgton as Charlie Price, the son who has recently inherited his father’s failing shoe factory in Northampton. They’ve always made sensible men’s shoes but they are just not selling any more. When Charlie goes to London to try and find a buyer for the many shoes they have he meets Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Lola inspires Charlie to make sexy shoes for transvestites and the two of them try and work together to make the factory flourish.

Chiwetel Ejiofor does a fantastic job as Lola and I loved every scene he was in. He made her funny yet sensitive and a little vulnerable – the workers in the Northampton factory aren’t as open minded as those in London. Lola’s conflict with Don (Nick Frost) is especially interesting and well-acted.

Edgton plays hapless Charlie brilliantly though one does have to wonder if he really would be the love interest of two women… That being said his relationship with Lola is one of the best parts of the film.

The balance of laughs and pacing isn’t always quite right but that being said Kinky Boots is a fun, feel-good film that makes you think about how you see and treat people that are perhaps a little different to you. It’s worth a watch for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance alone.

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