Breakfast on Pluto
- Director: Neil Jordan
- Details: Ireland, 129 mins, 16s.
Mixing humour with poignancy, Neil Jordan revisits transvestism some 13 years after The Crying Game in what is his, and Ireland's best film in, well, 13 years. Adapted by Jordan and Patrick McCabe from McCabe's own novel, Breakfast On Pluto will make you laugh and cry. With new and interesting characters coming and going before they get boring, Jordan keeps the pace moving swiftly throughout. But this is Cillian Murphy's film, as this role is arguably the nearest metamorphosis of character and actor since, dare it be said, Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta. His consistent sugary innocence, seductive purr and a penchant for impressive wigs - turning himself into an attractive looking woman that may question even the most hardened of homophobe's sexual orientation - is worthy of an Oscar. What it could be criticised for is its length: at over two hours, Breakfast on Pluto outstays its welcome and Jordan could easily shave off a half-hour without losing any thrust of the story. But that's nitpicking, as Breakfast on Pluto is really unmissable.
Review by Gavin Burke | 09:00 | Wednesday 4th January 2006 | Movie Review
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