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Nice idea, but not as sharp as Calendar Girls or Full Monty
on 27 June 2006
I watched this on the strength of comparisons with the Full Monty, Calendar Girls, Brassed Off etc, and fair enough, the basic theme of triumph over adversity is present in all. However, what Kinky Boots lacked (with the exception of Chiwetel Doodah's wonderful performance as Lola) was characters with any depth that the viewer could empathise with. Joel Edgerton in the lead role was totally dour throughout, with all the sophisticated allure of an airline salad. Had this role been taken by an actor with a little more humour, it could have carried the film. Sarah Jane Potts and Jemima Roper both outshone Edgerton in their supporting roles, but Linda Bassett (wonderful in East is East and Calendar Girls) was massively underused. A little more thought and imagination could have transformed this film from the ordinary to the sublime. Probably worth a watch, it is certainly moderately diverting so long as you are not expecting too much.