Two great performances by two actors that completely dissolve into their roles to an unrecognizable level. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto vanish from the screen to an award-winning level. They are the stars of the Dallas Buyers Club, which is based on the true story of a homophobic, rodeo loving, electrician named Ron Woodroof. Ron’s carefree attitude for towards life involves drugs, alcoholic and unprotected sex. Ron’s life takes a sudden turn when it’s discovered that he has HIV and given 30 days to live. At the time, 1985, there were very few methods of treatment for HIV patients. The FDA had only approved one drug for human testing which was AZT.
Ron quickly begins taking AZT but finds his health worsening, no thanks to his recreational drug use. During this time he is hospitalized and meets Rayon, an AIDS positive transgender woman also using AZT. Just as fast as he began taking AZT, Ron stops and begins studying his death sentence. Through a couple of chance meetings with foreign doctors, Ron finds his own plan for treatment and partners up with Rayon to start… the Dallas Buyer Club.
This movie is fantastic and one of my favorites of the year. The acting is amazing all around and the story is very interesting. It’s my opinion that McConaughey and Leto made this such a great movie, but as the story and script stands alone, it still would have been very good.
Rating – A