Happy Thanksgiving! We know it’s a bit tough this year around the holidays so we decided to invite you into our homes figuratively to talk about the last film in our Hugo Weaving retrospective: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It’s a great film filled with amazing performances. There’s a lot to love here and we talk about it all. The film does struggle to stick the landing with one character deadnaming another, and guys, that’s a fucking bummer. Consider this a bit of a caution as you proceed with both the movie and our discussion of the scene.
Stay safe out there, everyone, and enjoy our episode!
Unfortunately we’ve got a bit of a downgrade this week as we talk about Mortal Engines for our month of Hugo Weaving. There are things to like here, the setting being the chief among them. It’s an interesting world with some equally interesting lore, and it all looks absolutely gorgeous. Where the film loses us is with everything else. The plot is bland and at times nonsensical, and no one is giving much in the way of their performance. Hugo Weaving has almost nothing to work with here with his first draft villain Valentine, and line reads that should play with gravitas just fall flat. The leads have no chemistry, which makes the eventual “falling in love” that’s required of all YA feel like it comes out of left field. We discuss plenty more about it, but you’ll have to listen to find out what we say.
Remember, remember! The Fifth of November…for it is the beginning of Hugo Weaving Month here at Behind the Hype. To kick things off we’re starting with the flawed V For Vendetta, which boasts great performances from Weaving and others (see: Creedy), while not necessarily aging all that well. It’s tough to root for a a character who gaslights and tortures the female protagonist (Evey, played by Natalie Portman) in a movie with already so few women in it. Doesn’t help either that the character of Evey is so passive. That said, the Wachowskis wrote the script and you can feel their hand in a lot of what transpires onscreen.