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.
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.
- Matthew McConaughey (as Ron Woodroof)
Jared Leto (as Rayon)
1 hours and 57 minutes
Biography / Drama