It's a nice take on LGBT issues, without really ever dwelling on anything too long or taking anything too seriously. You still get an idea of the struggles of these characters but it's not the focal point of the film. The shining star of this, as far as I'm concerned, is Terrence Stamp as Bernadette but really the acting on all the three main characters is spotless, absolutely amazing.
Awkwardly paced. Insufficient handling of LGBT issues; conflict is resolved through jokes, distraction, literally painting over it, or the conflict turning out to be nothing at all. There are great views of the bush and memorable lines and jokes, but the film overall is bloated and underwhelming, even despite the purposeful absurdity of all the desert sequences.
A glorious camp treat that shows how three drag queens at differing stages of life can literally and metaphorically inject a bit of colour into the rough browns and greys of central Oz. Guy Pearce particularly seems to enjoy himself as a preening young Queen, but Terence Stamp has all the best lines, mainly delivered with sour-faced glee. Neat refs to WAKE IN FRIGHT, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and CROCODILE DUNDEE.
The zingers keep the film from being another fluffy feel good comedy about drag queens. As a road movie, it essentially distills down to an outsiders finding their company with other outsiders. The scene in which the trio perform with the aborigines is touching without being entirely saccharine. Terrance Stamp steals the show though Hugo and Guy Pierce performances keep up, in and out of drag.