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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is a marvelous film portraying a journey for three LGBT men and woman. The story is wonderful and does not shy away from the struggles its protagonists face in a world that does not understand their experience and ways of being. The cast is phenomenal, and the visuals are often stunning. See it at least once in your life. It is a worthy use of your time.
Four and a half stars for a magnificent movie.
Reviewed 6.21.19 This surprise international hit is most memorable for it's ground-breaking subject matter. Released in 1994, it is credited with introducing a positive portrayal of drag and trans culture into mainstream cinema. It's recognized as a landmark film in Australia, where it was filmed, and from where almost every creative contributor has a connection. It received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, along with six BAFTA nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Hair. It's that creative flair that provides the three male leads their palette, from which they all paint in a distinctive manner. Terence Stamp is the true center, as the seasoned and still searching Bernadette (don't call him Ralph!). Stamp exudes the tired but unbreakable spirit of his character. Hugo Weaving, as Tick, represents a more closeted version of the lifestyle, as a man still battling his identity. Weaving's now famous face brings an abundance of personality to his drag persona. Sex symbol Guy Pearce (Adam/Felicia) provides much needed levity, as the groups loud and proud representative. As they battle their way across the desolate Australian outback, they find its the social norms that are most unforgiving. Enter Bob (Bill Hunter) as their oasis, and a pivotal character in what could have been a one-note script. His openness, like those of the aborigines they happen upon, reminds both the 'ladies' and the viewer that this story is about more than three queens on a road trip. Our worlds grow when we accept the differences in all of us. I wish I could say that the execution is as bold as the subject matter. But the direction meanders a bit, and the editing is far from seamless. Like their dilapidated bus the narrative teeters, coming dangerously close to movie of the week territory. But with refreshing substance, fun performances, and bizarre asides (genital ping-pong tossing anyone?), they bring it all home.
A gay road movie if ever there was one!
Crossing the scenic Australian outback forces our trio in the confined space of a converted bus (christened Priscilla), and requires them to come to terms with various aspects of their lives so far (well, most of them anyway).
They laugh, they banter, get stranded and saved from ping-pong balls!
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is phenomenally acted across the board and gorgeously shot with deservedly Oscar-winning costumes as well. It's a spirited adventure that works as a fun, hugely entertaining comedy as well as a moving, surprisingly deep movie which it surely becomes in its final act. It's an Australian classic with a great rewatchability factor to it.
This film was solid.
It is definitely the most artistic and conceptual movie to aboard the LGBT+ thematic.
It shows the adventures of two gay guys and a transsexual woman while they cross the Australian continent.
The movie it's quite balanced between the sweetness of a good comedy and the tragedies of be gay, lesbian or transsexual during the early nineties.
Such a masterpiece.
after seeing the musical i just had to see the movie! it was a no brainer. most funny musical and movie
This movie is my absolute favorite, pure perfection! Be sure to also watch the documentary, Between a Frock & a Hard Place, too!
A lot of fun, similar like the film "To Wong Foo..." with Patrick Swayze. While this one was filmed and released first, both films are very good in their own right.
Great adventure. Fun.