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BREAKFAST ON PLUTO - Surprisingly not a Disney Softcore Entry!
January 18th, 2006 7:40AM

I went last night to check out Breakfast on Pluto. Cillian Murphy did deserve his Golden Globe nod, though I still say Heath Ledger is the best performance this year. Kitten is a transsexual, but never undergoes any surgery to make things more "official". So basically Murphy has to play a woman trapped in a man's body without much help other than late in the game long hair and dresses that show up near the finale. Not an easy thing to pull off, but he does quite well. The man has a lot of range given his body of work so far. And he's always luminous and engaging in any role he takes on.

The film itself sounds deeply depressing - a series of misadventures that always lead to heartache, and the Neil Jordan trademark of bringing the IRA in to the picture at odd moments to rock the world. But Kitten's unbreakable spirit and the buoyant force of the pop songs keep this one afloat and bouncy like good hair. It's surprisingly fun! Sort of light and cuddly in all the right ways. It's certainly not Jordan's best film, but worth the time to check out if only for the brilliant lead and the perky songs. And I was shocked to see Bryan Ferry (lead singer of Roxy Music, and solo artist best known for "Avalon" and "Slave to Love" from the '80s) in a cameo. And any movie that can get away with seriously delivering a line like "If I wasn't a transvestite terrorist, would you marry me?" has to win some kind of award in my book! Support your art house and go.


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