November 15, 2004

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Drag queen movies, as I've said before, are not the first thing I look for on the movie schedule. However, this one is great -- hilarious. The costumes the "girls" wear are worth the price of admission. The velociraptor costumes are amazing, but my favorites were the emus.

For the uninitiated, this drag queen film takes place in the Australian outback, and has to have one of the most original premises ever. Three queens ride in a bus named Priscilla to a gig a million miles from nowhere. Terence Stamp plays an old transexual, and plays her to perfection. Guy Pearce, long before Memento, plays a particularly bratty girl, and Hugo Weaving (You remember him. Does Elrond "Ring" a bell?) plays the leader of the trio of female impersonators.

Naturally you can't have a story about driving across a wilderness without the vehicle breaking down. This of course is where the adventure truly begins. There's a nice backstory involving Hugo's character. He may be a queeny but he's got a wifey...and a son! The moral of the story seems to involve reconciling the son with his Dad's sexuality -- and what he does for a living. The son doesn't seem to have much of a problem with it.

I guess Priscilla Queen of the Desert actually replaced The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the midnight movie circuit for a while. The film gave drag queens a place to meet after the bar. I remember seeing this in the theater when it came out, and I attended with a lesbian couple. My, how times change.

Posted by Wayne at November 15, 2004 11:30 PM
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