Sometimes it's hard to be accepted as who you are. Sometimes a person needs to blend and fit in, in order to be accepted in society. I dunno about that motto. I think it's pure of bull crap. But again, sometimes...you have no choice, do you? It's your choice really; living in lies or just be yourself -- which one is the one better for your own soul?
Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) suddenly inherited a shoe factory owned by his family when his father suddenly passed away. The shoe factory is on the edge of bankruptcy because it cannot compete with others. Charlie meets a drag queen singer named Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and pleads for her/his help to design shoes for transvestite market. Meanwhile, Charlie also have to deal with his over-demanding girlfriend Jeannie (Kellie Bright) and his closeness with his co-worker, Melanie (Linda Basset).
Based on a true story, there is nothing wrong with this movie actually, the premise is fine. But it suffered a formulaic storyline; nothing really surprises me in this movie. So what? I didn't laugh not once in this movie, the dialogues are dry, the humor is dry, I knew that everything would be alright in the end, blah blah blah. I mean, it's so obvious, I was bored. I expected some clever repartee between the sassy drag queen and the intolerant people or maybe a little shocking gaysploitation, but instead everything has been watered down, it seems safe. The sexiness is in the abstract, and it seems they wouldn't dare to jump the water. Lola the drag queen is a gay saint, wise, asexual, and nice. Please. She is more a symbol than a character. The intolerance isn't realistic either, like they wanted to exploit homophobias but none the space. Overall, this is like a basic drag queen for kids. They preaches about tolerance and those shit, it make me wanted to puke. It's so obvious. If they want to preach, make it smart please. Worst of all, the musical numbers are dull, which is a kiss of death for a movie about drag queens.
The thing is, Lola as a drag queen is not belivable at all. All I see is a man in woman's dress and shoes. That's it. I've seen many 'womanly' drag queen on the street, man. I cannot understand why people cannot see her stature and guess that she's actually a he. She's a dude, people! You want to see awesome drag queens, I recommend a movie called "To Wong Foo, thanks for everything. Julie Newmar." Now, that's classy! Maybe the reason I don't find her believable, it's because she lacks of confident that most gays have. You can slap a woman's clothes to a man, but to act like a woman that's a different thing. Lola is the reversal of every drag queen I know. And how insulting when Charlie said to Lola, that Lola is more a man than he is. Okay, so he wants to give her a compliment because of her bravery, but to called her a man? How dare he! And she took it proudly also -- so it draws me to a conclusion that this movie is actually a homophobia in disguise. There is none of the messiness of real life in this movie. Instead it is harmless, inoffensive, cloying, predictable, and ultimately passionless. Sure, you can make fun of tranvestite -- but sure hell not to encourage and tolerant with it. Bah! Yes, I am dripping with sarcasm. You want to be tolerant, be brave. Don't disguise this as a post-modern century morality fiber. In the end, I really didn't care...except with the shoes and boots which I think they're pretty nice. I think I'm gonna buy myself those boots.
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