Wednesday January 13, 2010 22:31

Movie #0007 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Posted by Michael


Directed by: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
First Viewing

Synopsis: Three cross-dressing performers go on a road trip when a job takes them into the middle of the Australian desert.

I’m not sure when I would have watched this film, if it weren’t for the list — maybe in a year, maybe in ten years, maybe never. Despite the fact that I’m definitely a fan of the three stars (Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce), this was just one of those movies that I wasn’t in any particular rush to see. But that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to do this blog — to give me an excuse to watch classics that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen, and to force me to watch films that have been on my “to watch” list for forever (such as 12 Angry Men).

So here we are, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert… did the list steer me wrong? Not really. Though I’m not going to be adding this to my list of favourites anytime soon, I’m definitely glad that I watched it. Weaving, Stamp and Pearce were all really good (not surprisingly), and the film was quite enjoyable throughout, if a bit slow and meandering in parts (though definitely never boring). It pretty much plays out the way you think it will (they have fun, they bond, they occasionally encounter adversity from small-minded bigots, which they overcome) but it was well made and very entertaining. I’m definitely a fan of road movies, and this is more proof that, with very few exceptions, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with that genre.

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