Plot: In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.
Review: Dallas Buyers Club is clearly one of the best movies of 2013. Matthew McConaughey delivers in what could be his best performance to date. Bring in Jared Leto(who also has his best performance to date), and you have a successful one-two punch. On top of that McConaughey lost about 40 pounds for the film. The story never gets boring with all these fantastic actors/actresses playing their roles so well. Jean-Marc Vallee did a great job directing this movie.
When the movie starts, Ron Woodroof(McConaughey) is your typical Texan. And when i say Texan i mean he is in the rodeo, a drinker, and carries a shotgun in the trunk of his car. Not saying all Texans are like that, but that is definitely your typical stereotype. Ron is taken to a hospital after passing out in his room and that is where the movie truly starts. He learns that he has HIV and has approximately 30 days to live. Ron tries to say it may be a mistake and clarifies that he isn’t a homosexual(back when everyone thought only gays carried the virus). With time quickly running out, he finds a drug called AZT, which is the only drug that HIV patients can take. Only problem is that it is not FDA approved.
Ron usually grabs AZT from the trash bins of the hospital, but quickly finds out that if he wants more, he will have to go to Mexico. There he meets a doctor(Griffin Dunne) who reveals that AZT actually makes the virus worse. He then starts giving Ron medicine that helps the effects of HIV. Realizing that AZT doesn’t help, Ron smuggles the medicine the doctor gives him back to Texas to sell to those who are also infected. The only problem – most people infected by HIV are homosexuals. Ron is your typical homophobic tough guy. How does he reach out to the gay community? By teaming up with a cross dresser named Rayon(Jared Leto) to help him sell the drugs.
Let me start by saying McConaughey and Leto have stellar chemistry together. They keep the movie going. The Academy acknowledged it by giving them the awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at this years Academy Awards. No movie has won both categories since Mystic River. McConaughey drops from his usual cliche casting to take on this great role. The last two movies he has starred in were memorable – Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. It seems like just when his career was about to fade, everything changed for the better. Everybody said Leonardo DiCaprio should have won for Best Actor(The Wolf of Wall Street), but i think McConaughey truly deserved it. Leo is nominated every year, let Matthew enjoy it.
Let’s not forget about the rest of the supporting cast – Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, etc. Everyone played their part right. Jared Leto had the role of a lifetime. You forget it’s even him playing the role of Rayon. Truly a well deserved win for him. The pace of the movie is great. Not too short, not too long. The film was shot well and had a GREAT cast. This is one of those movies that everyone will remember down the line. It also tackles the subject of a real problem the world is facing still today. I would HIGHLY recommend Dallas Buyers Club. I give it a 10/10.