Kinky Boots (2005) Movie Review

Director: Julian Jarrold

Writer: Geoff Deane, Tim Firth (Screenplay)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett, Robert Pugh

Plot: A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father’s shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.


Tagline – How Far Would You Go To Save The Family Business?

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable

Story: Kinky Boots starts as we meet two men Charlie (Edgerton) and Lola (Ejiofor) who have grown up under the shadows of their father’s that wanted them to follow in their footsteps. Charlie is forced to take over his family’s show making business, finding it about to go under unless he can find a new idea, which sees him making a chance meeting with the drag queen Lola, who has a full show in London.

Charlie sees a chance to grab his company into a new niche market, by producing shoes for drag queen, seeing how they are struggling to find heels that could support a man’s weight, Charlie risks his whole company on this, while needing to deal with the homophobia shown towards Lola in Northampton.

Thoughts on Kinky Boots

Characters – Charlie is the son of a show maker, the business has kept the community together for generations and despite his decision to leave the area, he is drawn back after his father’s death. He is facing the hardest decision of his life once he learns that the business will need to close, but risks everything to take a chance on a new niche market, where he has to put his uncertainties behind him. Lola is a drag queen in Soho, they take centre stage on a daily show, even if they deal with the haters in life, a chance meeting gives them a chance to design heels for drag queens, both characters have been struggling with father’s that are disapproving in their life choices. Lola has also been dealing with discrimination for years. Lauren is one of the employees that is being made redundant, but pushes Charlie into finding a niche market. Nicola is the fiancée of Charlie who is set for a move to London, who does try to support him through his decisions, but pushed to the limits when he puts their own home on the line.

PerformancesChiwetel Ejiofor gives us a brilliant performance committing to the character through the whole film. Joel Edgerton is great too, in a role that shows him looking a lot weaker than his normal tougher guy roles. Sarah-Jane Potts and Jemima Rooper complete the main supporting cast where everybody does a great job.

StoryThe story here follows a struggling shoe company owner that makes a drastic design to turn his factor into a place where they make heels and shoes for drag queens after meeting with one on a trip in London. This is a story that is based on a true story, which showed an unlikely partnership saved a factory from closure even if Charlie had to risk everything to make sure his employees have a job and put aside his feelings towards drag queens. We do get the deeper story about how people will have their own desires and interests that people shouldn’t judge them on.

Comedy/MusicalThe comedy in the film mostly comes from the different reactions to Lola, while some are positive, others are negative, but it is Lola’s respond that gets the laughs, with the musical side of the film coming from Lola’s performance.

SettingsThe film uses the two main settings, first London where people are more accepting and Northampton where they aren’t used to seeing drag queens, the settings show the different mindsets.


Scene of the Movie – Milan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The factory workers mentality.

Final Thoughts This is a fun musical that does put out the important messages about how to treat people in life because you never know how important they could be to your own future.

Overall: Important Comedy.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – L – Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005)

Director: Ian Gilmour

Writer: D.R. Rosen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dan Cortese, David Keith, Kirk B.R. Woller, Jeff Fahey, Atanans Srebrev, Naum Shopov, Hristo Mitzkov, Julie Benz

 

Plot: A group of scientists try to stop a swarm of flesh-eating locusts that escape from a top secret government lab in the USA Midwest.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch Sci-Fi Special

 

Story: Locusts: The 8th Plague starts a scientist Russ Snow (Fahey) and businessman Gary (Keith) have been working on a bug eating locust that could help clean out crops in the state of Idaho. When their experiment goes wrong the flesh eating locusts escape into the local area.

Colt Denton (Cortese) and Vicky (Benz) must lead the military into finding a solution before the locusts who aren’t meant to be able to breed, continue a rampage through the state leaving bodies in their path, the race is on to stop them.

 

Thoughts on Locusts: The 8th Plague

 

Characters – Colt Denton has created a pesticide that is environmentally friendly and only need to be used once, he finds himself in the middle of the race to stop the locusts using his knowledge of them and what could attract them. Vicky is the daughter of Russ, she works for the USDA which is responsible for controlling the outbreak, she works with Denton to find a solution. Gary is the man running the company that created the Locusts, he doesn’t want to lose the money he has made through the years, he wants a cover up. Russ Snow the scientific mind behind locusts, he is trying to do this for the right reasons, even if things don’t go as planned, he is left in a position of wanting to stop the spread or taking responsibility for his action.

PerformancesDan Cortese in the leading role show potential in a leading role, his performance fits the style of film. Julie Benz does the best she can with what is basically the damsel in distress role. David Keith and Jeff Fahey fill the villainous side of the film well enough.

StoryThe story follows an experiment to create flesh-eating locusts to help with crops, getting loose and targeting the locals as their neighbours continue to grow. This story does fill the classic b-movie style with ease, we have a creature, in this case locusts that are getting deadlier as they continue to spread across the local area that need stopping. There isn’t too much to talk about with the story, we know how things will unfold, making this a safe and steady story to follow.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror comes from the locusts and just how they will kill anything in their line of fire. The sci-fi side of the film comes from the locusts that have been created with the genetically modified to be the way they are.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town in Idaho, this works because it shows how the problem could start in a small location, only to grow over time.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are low budget and they work for everything they are showing without being anything special


Scene of the Movie –
The plane hangar.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why is there a car on fire after an attack, the locusts are not flammable.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple and enjoyable sci-fi special movie, it checks all the boxes without doing anything special, one you can just switch on and enjoy.

 

Overall: Simple and Enjoyable.

Rating

 

 

Pierce Brosnan Weekend – The Matador (2005)

Director: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard (Screenplay)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Adam Scott, Philip Baker Hall

 

Plot: A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.


Tagline – A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar…

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Crime Comedy

 

Story: The Matador starts as we meet womanising lonely hitman Julian Noble (Brosnan) and upstart business man Danny Wright (Kinnear), the two are both in Mexico for work and meet in the hotel bar, where the two bond.

When the two go their separate ways, 6 months later Julian facing a crisis of conscience the normal couple of Danny and his wife Bean (Davis) find themselves in the middle of a battle they weren’t ready for.

 

Thoughts on The Matador

 

Characters – Julian Noble is the womanising hitman, he travels around the world for work, getting a woman in any city and enjoying way too many drinks. On his latest assignment he learns that it is his birthday which makes him reflect on his lonely life putting his career and reputation on the line. Danny Wright is a rising businessman about to close a deal which will put his company on the map, he befriends Julian as a new form of excitement in his life and now he just can’t get rid of him. Bean is Danny’s wife, we only see her interest in the stories of Julian. Mr Randy is the handler of Julian’s he sets up the jobs through the film.

PerformancesPierce Brosnan is great in this leading role, he gets to have a lot of fun with a character that could do anything with his next action. Greg Kinnear is good in his role as we know this style of comedy is well within his strength, the supporting cast are good even though they don’t get too much do.

StoryThe story follows a hitman that is going off his game and a businessman that is at a big crossroads in his life that meet and strike up the unlikely friendship to help themselves find the best part of their lives. It does play out part buddy movie and part serious, showing everything that friends can be made from the unlikely places. The story does have good twists along the way and some great scenes that give us moments or laughter and sadness.

Action/Crime/ComedyThe action here is the weakest part of the film because well there isn’t enough or barely any. The comedy comes from just what Julian will do next, because certain times it is hilarious other times strange and the extra laughs come from just how Danny will react to moments. The crime side of the film shows us the world the Julian works in.

SettingsThe film starts in Mexico which works for the new friendship, then we go across to different locations around the world which don’t work as well.


Scene of the Movie –
Swimming pool entry.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough from the supporting characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun crime comedy that gets the best of out Brosnan who steals every single scene.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – M – The Myth (2005)

Director: Stanley Tong

Writer: Stanley Tong, Hui-Ling Wang, Hai-shu Li (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Hee-seon Kim, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Mallika Sherwat

 

Plot: Archaeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, who is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named Ok-Soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.


Tagline – An Unforgettable Journey Through Time Unearths A Hero For The Ages

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Time Travelling Chan?

 

Story: The Myth starts as Jack (Chan) an archaeologist is having dreams of being General Meng Yi, who was sworn to protect Korean princes Ok-Soo (Hee-Seon). Back in his normal life, Jack joins forces with his physics friend William (Ka Fai) as they investigate the myth behind a floating coffin, one in which they break.

Jack gets left in the Indian land being tracked before escaping, rescued by Samantha (Sherawat) taken back to her temple, where he can learn about his previous life as General Meng Yi, to finally unlike the secrets to his dreams.

 

Thoughts on The Myth

 

Characters – Jack is an archaeologist that reluctantly goes back into the field for a scientific mystery, he can handle himself when needed. Jack has been having dreams/visions that he is General Meng Yi part of a Chinese army that was sworn to protect Princes Ok-Soo. Jack learns about the idea that reincarnation which helps him unlock the secrets of the power being the sword they discover. Ok Soo is the princess that General Meng Yi protects, gets into a relationship with, as he is willing to give up his life to protect her from every enemy that comes her way. William is the physics friend that works with Jack, only for him to have his own desires with what they find together.  Samantha is one of the ladies that finds Jack, she rescues him to help teach him about what could happen in his life, with his dreams.

PerformancesJackie Chan can handle any form of stunt and fighting sequence sent his way, this gets to let him use his skills, while also showing us that he can handle a serious side in a film when required too. The rest of the cast do play to their strengths without needing to do as much, they let Jackie do his thing and get to play along with either the laughs, the action or the romance.

StoryThe story follows an archaeologist searching for answers about his dreams which saw him be a once brave warrior and protector of a princess, he must travel around Asia to learn about new mysteries which will unlock the truth. This is a very interesting story because it focuses on the idea of reincarnation and always looking to follow the same path to protect, we do get science here which plays into the idea that we could see a material which would make the laws of physics challenged, which does mix into the ideas the story gives us about following the path you were destined to. It might feel farfetched sure, but it is an ambitious story that wants to play on faith more than anything.

Action/Adventure/RomanceThe action is what you would expect from Jackie Chan, the chases sequences, the hand to hand combat, let alone the final act which is hard to achieve with the fighting involved. The adventure side of the film does take Jack around Asia in search for his answers. The romance comes from the relationship between the two from battle and through the dreams.

SettingsThe film uses the settings well, mostly to create the different situations that Jack finds himself in. the final act looks fantastic for what is created.

Special EffectsThe effects uses in the film are great to see on show, the final act does take up most of these which will leave you happy with what they achieve.


Scene of the Movie –
Sticking chopping board.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough time with the supporting characters in the modern time.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun Jackie Chan movie that will get everything you need for one of his films.

 

Overall: Jackie Chan enjoyable film.

Rating

 

 

Three (2005)

Director: Stewart Raffill

Writer: Stewart Raffill (Screenplay)

Starring: Billy Zane, Kelly Brook, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Todd Collins, Gabrielle Jourdan

 

Plot: Three people – a rich couple and a crew member – are shipwrecked on a tropical island and their subsequent fight for survival becomes even tougher when they begin to turn on each other.


Tagline – Looks can kill

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Brook in a Bikini

 

Story: Three starts when a rich group of tourists with Jack (Zane) and his wife Jennifer (Brook) go on a boating trip in the tropics, when the boat catches fire, Jennifer finds herself on a beach with one of the cabin boys Manuel (Di Pace), as they look to survive, until Jack arrives on the island too.

The men start competing for Jennifer’s attention with her husband not wanting her talking to anybody else even if Manuel can catch and feed the survivors, and Manuel just wanting to survive his time on the island, we get to see the animalistic side of the characters as they look to show dominance on the island.

 

Thoughts on Three

 

Characters – Jack is a business man that has always expected people to do a job, never really thanking them along the way. Once trapped on the island he becomes paranoid Manuel is trying to steal his wife and won’t accept that he could help them all survive. Jennifer is the trophy wife of Jack’s, she really doesn’t know how to do anything on the island and just wonders around in her bikini more often than not. Manuel is a cabin boy that survives the shipwreck and wants to impress Jennifer, he knows how to survive on the island and is overly aggressive towards woman, which for some reason is a turn on about his character.

PerformancesBilly Zane is not very good in this leading role, he is the best of the three actors, but he just isn’t believable first as Kelly brook’s husband and secondly as the guy about to snap. Kelly Brook, bless her, she really can’t act can she, but she does look pretty. Juan Pablo Di Pace struggles to make an impact as the fiery Latino stereotype.

StoryThe story follows three people stranded on an island after their boat gets shipwrecked, first they must learn to survive o the island, then we just get a love triangle between the two men fighting over the one woman on the island, there is also some voodoo. The story just becomes a battle to see who could impress Jennifer the most instead of focusing on surviving, we don’t get too deep into a story and more of the film just seems to be about getting Kelly Brook to walk around in her bikini.

Adventure/Horror The adventure blends well with the horror of not knowing who you can trust when you are trapped on an island well, we never get to the level where everything gets to the level where they could become life and death.

SettingsThe film is set in one singular location an island which leaves the people stranded there needing to figure out how to survive this situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It never feels like it is life and death.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dull adventure horror that is more about the love triangle than actually focusing on the bigger story going on about surviving.

 

Overall: Love Triangle without any corners.

Rating