Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas_Buyers_Club_posterWhat it’s about: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Rating: 15

Director: Jean-Marc Valleé

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner

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Review: I wanted to watch this film due to the fact it was up for quite a few Oscar nominations and unlike 12 Years a Slave and Gravity I felt Dallas Buyers Club didn’t get as much hype but I think that worked in it’s favour. It was the underdog but ultimately came out on top with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for this film which, after watching it, is completely understandable. Dallas Buyers Club is a true story about AIDS patient Ron Woodroof who, after being diagnosed and told he only has 30 days to live, studies the disease and creates a business along with new friend and AIDS sufferer, Rayon, which sources smuggled non-FDA approved medication and alternative drugs for other AIDS patients which are showing to have most positive effects on the patients with the disease.

At first this film didn’t really have much of an appeal to me. The storyline didn’t seem like it would interest me and truth be told, I didn’t really care much for Matthew McConaughey before watching this either but as of today I am a fully converted McConaughey fan. I completely underestimated how good of an actor he is and his transformation into this role is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve seen. He took it upon himself to get into the heart and soul of this character so much so that he lost 40 pounds for the role so he would look convincing as an AIDS sufferer. His performance was outstanding and God does he make you feel for the character. Jared Leto deserves a well earned mention too. Who the hell knew he was such a good actor?! I remember seeing him in concert with 30 Seconds to Mars and here I am watching him on screen dressed as a woman. His character is Rayon, a trans-gender AIDS patient and similarly to McConaughey, Leto also went on an extreme diet to gear himself up for the role. Apparently, once in character, he didn’t snap out of it and only when the film was finished did McConaughey actually meet Jared Leto for the first time – not the character. If that doesn’t scream amazing actor I don’t know what does.

This film really wasn’t what I was expecting, actually, I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting because like I said, there really wasn’t an awful lot of hype surrounding it. It very much surprised me but in a good way and I think it was a fantastic portrayal. It focused more on his illness and the patients rather than the legal side of things which I liked because sometimes when legal matters are concerned, it can get a bit tedious, especially if you don’t understand what they’re talking about. It had lots of familiar faces in including Jennifer Garner who plays Ron’s doctor and was actually quite funny at some parts. The fact that this is a true story really is incredible and what Ron did for AIDS patients is extremely noteworthy. I loved his spirit and determination that led him to save thousands of lives all in the face of death and it shows that sometimes it takes knowing you’re doing to die to learn what it means to really live.

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18 thoughts on “Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

  1. I don’t know much about this movie either. I saw the youtube clip you posted and almost didn’t recognize Mathew McConnaughey. He really seems to live the role in that clip.

  2. I really enjoyed this and definitely the most satisfying part of the film is watching Ron change his character. He starts off such a rude unlikable character – basically all alone and very bigoted – and ends up with a much broader horizon and lots of friends.
    Lynn 😀

    • Oh I know, the ending was so emotional and heart-warming when you realised how far he’d come!

      I also liked his changed attitude towards Rayon and homosexuals – I thought that was a really significant part of the film too!

  3. YES!!!! You now love Matthew McConaughey!!! I knew you would Jenny, it’s easy! The guy is a legend and an awesome actor! Now go check out The Lincoln Lawyer, Mud and Killer Joe and watch him being amazing again!

    • Hahahah I have converted!!!! I should really learn not to judge an actor on Magic Mike….. Mud is on Netflix now and I’ve been wanting to watch that for ages! Will let you know what I think of it 🙂

      Oh and that Twitter list is a way to filter out all the bloggers/authors from everyone else on my Twitter so I can just see what you’re all posting but as it’s a public list it’s a way for bloggers to find other bloggers through it 🙂 If that makes sense? Haha.

  4. Great review! I absolutely loved this film – so touching and horrifying at the same time. McConnaughey and Leto are incredible actors and I loved seeing the pair opposite each other – really made the story with their relationship. I reviewed the film too here – http://wp.me/p3SwKd-ka – would love to know your thoughts!

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