The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of Desert
Directed by Stephan Elliot
Man, what is with everyone and ABBA? I personally think "Dancing Queen" is one of the most obnoxious songs ever created. Maybe "Surfin' Bird" is more annoying. My physical therapy center usually play both songs, in what I believe is an attempt to slowly break down my resistance.
Tick Belrose, a drag queen in Sydney, agrees to perform his drag act in a resort managed by his estranged wife in central Australia. He persuades his two friends and fellow performers, Bernadette and Felicia, to join him and the three obtain a tour bus (christened "Priscilla") for the journey. Along the way, they perform ABBA songs and meet a variety of characters, some of whom are horrific homophobes.
I am all for celebrating LGBT culture, but I can't honestly say I enjoyed this film. I found the plot to be rather predictable and I guessed many of the "twists" that I think were supposed to come as surprises. It also faced a problem that plagues many musicals. All of the scenes that didn't feature musical numbers felt like non essential filler.
Still, it was quite the visual spectacle and might be worth watching for that reason.
Colin Firth was the first choice to play Tick.