Kinky Boots




Cover Art and Menu: 5/10
Simple is good a lot of the time, and then sometimes simple isn’t enough. I like minimal, but this is not a story where minimal is enough to grab your attention. The boot on the cover is THE kinky boot, and the people off to the side corner are the leading cast members. As boring as it is to read it, it’s that boring to look at. I love this movie, it’s just a shame that the cover, oh and the boring menus, can’t measure up to the 2 1/2 feet of red leather “sex” that’s contained inside. (Watch the movie if you want to know what I’m talking about.


Extras & Features: 7/10

  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Julian Jarrold – The deleted scenes are pretty bland, nothing that would have added to the final movie.
  • The Real Kinky Boots Factory featurette – This is a feature I appreciate. They made the effort to bring us a little bit (LITTLE BIT) about the original real life story that inspired the movie. The man who inherited his family’s shoe factory and turned it around by designing and producing women’s shoes/boats for men. That’s an interesting twist of real life, so it’s worth wrapping a movie around for sure. This little extra is good and everything, I just wish it was more documentary style with some history of the shoe factory, more interviews with workers who were around when the changes took place, stuff like that. It’s kind of overly produced, but I’m not complaining.
  • Journey of a Brogue featurette – It’s amazing how a shoe gets made. That’s the reaction I had when I saw this little blurb of a British Brogue going from pieces of leather to a fully grown banker’s shoe. Well, that’s what it looks like to me. It’s a thoughtful addition to a DVD of a movie that’s about the true story of a shoe factory. Appropriate, and appreciated.






The Movie: 9/10
If you like Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz, you’ll love Kinky Boots! Well I do, love those movies, and I love Kinky Boots. Why would I start off with somewhat of a crazy person’s intro to this review? It’s simple, when you see the box or posters, or ads for Kinky Boots they will compare it to other “similar” movies. They mean well, but come on! Let the movie speak for itself. I don’t want to compare this little gem of a movie to anything else. It’s a stand alone quality film that deserves it’s praises, not to be lumped in with others in it’s genre.

Yes, it’s got a hint of inspiration and uplifting self discovery stuff. That’s cool with me. I like a story that’s encouraging and positive, not not preachy and pushy. Made for TV inspirational “movies” are sappy and boring. When it’s done right, and Kinky Boots is done oh-so-right, it’s charming and funny and whether you like it or not, it will make you smile, with some feeling good tossed in for good measure.

Our leading man is left with a shoe factory that may not be in the best financial shape. As time goes on he has to choose to close down its doors or make some changes. Well, selling everything would make for a short movie and not so captivating true life tale. Change is putting it lightly.

After an encounter in the city, he is inspired to “change the product”, as the cute and sweet female employee suggests. Thus, the idea for making men’s shoes and boots in women’s designs was born. Transvestites, performers, and other men who might enjoy a nice high heel now and again are the niche market Charlie is looking for, but who will give them the inside track on what a man wearing women’s shoes really needs? Lola.

A tall, handsome, muscle bound bloke who happens to perform as and live as a women is the answer to their designing and manufacturing challenge. Everyone has a personal struggle to overcome, Lola and Charlie are at the heart of the personal growth theme in this story. Charlie is pushed to chose between his fast track life in the city with his forward thinking fiancé, and the futures of all the devoted employees his father was keeping on at the factory even though he couldn’t afford it. Charlie knows where his heart is, but it might not be where he ends up after all is said and done.

Lola has a lifetime of ridicule and rejection to overcome, and her woman’s clothes, make up and shoes is the thing she hides behind to veil the hurt and pain. With the conservative past clashing with a more colorful future, this is a story with a lot of personality. Throw in some intelligently funny dialogue and very comfortable surroundings (the real factory) and you get a solid movie watching experience. You might even walk away feeling kinda good inside. Don’t fight it. Oh, you don’t like men in women’s clothing? Get over it jock man. If you are afraid to enjoy a story like Kinky Boots because of some left over caveman bullshit buried in the depths of your mind, I’ll send you a buck so you can by yourself a clue, and some lacy panties 🙂





Value: 6/10
As much as I loved this movie, I have to say it’s not something I recommend paying $21 for, unless you are a major boot fan 🙂 It’s a great rental, and when it does come down a bit, to say around $10 or so, that’s a good price for such a good movie stuck on a disc with only just above average extras. It’s all about value for the money people. I would buy this movie, honestly, because it’s one of those I will watch again and again. You might not be that enthusiastic, so rent it and do that thing with the extra cash you always wanted to…put it in that jar under your bed where your kinky boots savings fund lives.

Overall Score 8/10

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