Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Breakfast on Pluto

"Breakfast on Pluto" Is Really Not About an Alien from Outer Space Irish actor Cillian Murphy plays Patrick "Kitten" Braden in a controversial film due to the subject matter.
 It is difficult to make a good film.

Alternative lifestyle films do not win awards even if the actors involved get an Oscar (as Hilary Swank did in Boys Don't Cry), get nominated for an Oscar (as Felicity Huffman did in Transamerica) or get nominated for a Golden Globe (as Cillian Murphy did in breakfast on Pluto.
 We are uncomfortable with what we do not know or understand, and even if we did, men would have a fondness for the distaff side only if they are genetic girls.

Hollywood is OK with accepting alternative lifestyles, but Hollywood is generally far more liberal, permissive and self-absorbed than mainstream America.
 I endured Boys Don't Cry and Transamerica and am pleased to say I did not have to endure Breakfast on Pluto.
 Jordan not only directed the film but wrote the script based on Pat McCabe's novel.
 Jordan's script does not follow McCabe's novel, and the film is made better by his decision.
 I have a laundry list of wannabe writer/directors who have tried to do both and failed miserably.
 McCanlies is a master storyteller in Secondhand Lions.
 Instead of a tragic ending filled with stereotypes and dialog riddled with hatred and bigotry, Breakfast on Pluto has a happy ending.
 While the production in the film suffers from sound problems that border on annoying, Murphy does not miss a beat despite narrowly escaping death on three occasions.
 He is raised as a foster child by an alcoholic mother who earns her living as a tavern owner.

Jordan as the Director concentrates on the character of ""Kitten"" and wisely avoids taking the low road by using any tawdry displays for ratings.

Cillian Murphy does an excellent job of keeping his character Kitten on task with the famous line ""to thine own self be true.
 In the end, Father Liam comes to terms with breaking his vow of celibacy, reconciles with Kitten, and experiences some personal growth in the process.
 Breakfast on Pluto had to be a financial disaster, pulling in only $751,000 at the box office.

Kitten shows it is not necessary to flaunt who you are to gain acceptance, she eventually finds acceptance by being herself, nothing more and nothing less.