While not as thought provoking as most of Neil Jordan's other work,
"BREAKFAST ON PLUTO", still demonstrates its director has the ability to pull
off an entertaining and moving film, in spite of numerous errors along the way.
From its opening credit sequence in which the thoughts of various robins
converse in subtitles, the film's atmosphere appears more off-kilter than
necessary to tell the strange, fascinating story of Patrick "Kitten" Braden.
Abandoned on the doorsteps of a priest, Patrick grows up to be "different" than
many around him, including the assorted, "unusual" characters, he befriends.
A penchant for wearing women's clothes, is actually the "least" unusual characteristic he exhibits. But, the film lovingly exposes this character as a decent human being that is accessible to most.
While the "chapters" continuously distract the viewer from becoming more engrossed, this storybook atmosphere ultimately adds to a storybook charm around the main character, in spite of the turmoil that keeps bumping into and around him.
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. While colors are solid and detail is fine, the overall image isn't as impressive as we'd hoped for. There's a continuous softness permeating the film.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The surrounds are impressive when used. Although it isn't "non-stop", when utilized they're extremely effective, adding depth to the wonderful score and atmosphere. Dialogue is always clear, however, subtitles may be necessary to understand some of the heavily accented lines.
An audio commentary with Jordan and star Cillian Murphy is included. Both offer great insight into the film, and it's never dull. A "Behind-the-scenes" featurette is included, offering interviews with cast and crew.