Kinky Boots (2005)

Proofreading and posting my blog entry for House! made me think that I should put one up for Kinky Boots as well. It falls into the same genre, which I have described as “socially-conscious” British comedy. And like House! this film came a number of years after the genre had reached its perceived climax in Brassed Off and The Full Monty.
Kinky Boots (again like House!, and like many other films of that genre) features a place in decline, threatened with closure. In this case, it is a shoe factory. Charlie, who has recently inherited the factory, has lost all hope when a chance meeting shows him a niche market he could move into, if he can overcome the prejudices of everybody involved.

And that is basically the underlying set of stories in this film: most of the leading and supporting characters are confronted with their own prejudices, but also with their insecurities, and everyone deals differently with that fact.

The number of well-sketched characters, and the depth of some of them, in many ways makes this a superior film to House!; but I still like the latter a bit more…..

Not to be left behind by House!, Kinky Boots, too, has a great cast that features the best of the best: Joel Edgerton is cast perfectly as the insecure junior boss; and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity; 12 Years a Slave) gives an outstanding performance. The supporting actors are great as well, among them Nick Frost, Robert Pugh, and Stephen Marcus.

Kinky Boots has probably always been more widely known than House!, and its recent successful Broadway adaptation has pushed its profile even higher. However, I presume it is still unknown to a large enough number of people to warrant its inclusion into this blog.

EDIT (2014-09-25):
Just found another review of this film on wordpress and thought I will add the link here:
http://2014afo.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/kinky-boots-2005

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