Dallas Buyers Club (2013): A mini-review

Dallas Buyers Club Movie Poster


Synopsis:

 

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.

 

Review:

 

The AIDS epidemic has never been an easy topic for any motion picture to discuss, and probably never will. However, a curious thing has happened with director Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club; he manages to create a heartfelt, emotional, and uplifting drama that takes its important subject matter seriously, giving it a lot of care and attention. His selection of Matthew McConaughey, who is experiencing quite the renaissance as of late, is a stroke of genius on its own. Matthew fully transforms himself here and delves deep into his character Ron Woodroof's complex emotions, allowing audiences to be immediately gripped by his every move and word. McConaughey is also able to mix a sense of fun in what remains a serious and grim tale, but doing so in an effortless and believable manner. Another performance that Dallas Buyers Club is blessed with is that of Jared Leto who plays the role of Rayon, a transgender woman who befriends Woodroof and strikes an unlikely partnership with him. Without any exaggeration, this is Leto's best role ever. Like McConaughey, he fully devotes himself to Rayon, spilling his heart and soul in what I see as an outstanding performance that no viewer will soon forget. Not only does Dallas Buyers Club showcase truly wonderful acting that is of Oscar caliber, it also has a smart and focused screenplay, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, that gives Vallée all the needed tools to deliver an incredibly remarkable movie. A must see.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

Jean-Marc Vallée

 

Trailer:

 

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Matthew McConaughey (as Ron Woodroof)
  • Jared Leto (as Rayon)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hours and 57 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Biography / Drama

 

Stills:

 

Matthew McConaughey Ron Woodroof Dallas Buyers Club Still 2
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 2
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 3
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 4
Matthew McConaughey Ron Woodroof Dallas Buyers Club Still 1

 

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10 comments on “Dallas Buyers Club (2013): A mini-review

  1. I can live with four stars ;). The story and McConaughey are what completely drive this film and not much else. Leto and Garner didn’t really do it for me and it got a little stale towards the end, but overall it’s a solid flick with possibly the performance of the year! Excellent work, Moe :).

  2. WOW! that was a very powerful movie! I really enjoyed it with the brilliant performance by Matthew McConaughey, and Jared Leto who have been both exceptional! may i add that I love the Way McConaughey picks his movies recently, he can’t stop getting great roles here and there, adding to that HBO Latest show True detectives. I never watched any Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas movie before and this movie here just showed how amazing director he is by mastering such a poignant, uplifting and yet enjoyable story.

    Moe, Thanks for the recommendation and the mini review who guided me to watch movies of a great taste.

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