Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"Breakfast on Pluto"

Rarely does a director capture the essence of a great book as well as Neil Jordan did with Patrick McCabe's "Breakfast on Pluto."

For the many of you who missed out (it never played anywhere near our Southern outpost of America), you can catch up on DVD today.

The story centers on Patrick "Kitten" Braden, who discovers at an early age that he enjoys dressing like a girl, not a terribly well-accepted thing to do in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

Patrick is played as a young adult with spirit by Cillian Murphy, who managed to snag a Golden Globe nomination for getting all dragged up.

It is deliberately, and occasionally annoyingly, episodic, with no scene lingering for longer than a few minutes. But that's how Patrick deals with "the troubles," choosing to live in a fantasy world that repeatedly gets shattered by the reality of life.

On a quest to find out his father is, Patrick travels to London and elsewhere, befriending along the way characters like Stephen Rea as an odd magician and Brendan Gleeson as a children's entertainer with an amusingly short fuse. It's all fairly light but very entertainng fare.

McCabe has written some bad books, but this one struck just the right balance between whimsy and woe, and Neil Jordan kept that alive in this little flick. Check it out.


Chelle Y. said...

Hey, it looks like Baltimore is doing pretty good so far this season. Hey, they are ahead of the Yankees. That's good in my book! :o)

Reel Fanatic said...

Hey chelle ... so far so good, until last night's shellacking by the Indians .. that team is just too good

Chelle Y. said...

The A's play the Indians May 3 in Oakland. Hopefully, they are not that good! :o) We had our problems with the Twins. They are the only team who won all three games to us. Stinking, Twins! Ha-Ha!

themarina said...

I'm excited. I missed this during the week run just before Christmas and I have been patiently waiting ever since. Neil Jordan is pure genious.

Chelle Y. said...

Oh, and I wanted to add, don't feel too badly about the 15-1 loss. The Yankees did that to us our first game. It sucked pretty bad, but they bounced back and won the next two! :o)

Reel Fanatic said...

I'm not too worried .. they play again in about five minutes!

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I guess I'll have to check in for movie reviews. I'll order this one from Netflix.