Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

DallasBuyersClub

 

Details from IMDB:

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

117 min  -  Biography | Drama | History  -  22 November 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 8.0/10 from 42,229 users   Metascore: 84/100

Reviews: 96 user | 216 critic | 46 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Jean-Marc Vallée

Writers:

Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Stars:

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

I had heard good things about this movie, in particular that Matthew and Jared were both nominated for Oscars. So when this came back to theaters here a few weeks ago I made sure to go.

Main Points:

I’ll admit right off that I don’t know the whole Ron Woodroof story (which was good in that I got to be surprised in the movie), so I don’t know how accurate this movie is with the real events/people. I will say though that I found the story to be excellent and the acting was top notch. I had never thought of Jared Leto as a serious and talented actor, I had seen him in a few roles but this is the one that stands out for me. He character is extreme (she is a cross-dressing prostitute with AIDS) but likable and compelling to watch. Matthew is also excellent, he has really turned up the heat here with this performance and is so convincing and believable as Ron.

I really enjoyed how the movie shows what was wrong (and I’m certain continues to be the case in many places) with major drug companies/hospitals/government when it comes to public health. Ron simply wants the best drugs to help deal with the symptoms of HIV and he has to break the law repeatedly to get them.

He shows real character growth as he sees that his homophobia is stupid, we’re all just people. He also has to end his petty crime dealings and steps up to help those around him who need medicine for HIV. He even cares less about the money and more about helping others as the movie reaches the end.

I should point out Jennifer Garner also takes on good role (if in a smaller part) and shows how even a doctor can see just how messed up the medical system in the USA is.

Final Thoughts:

If you don’t know the story I wouldn’t spoil it. I’ll just say this movie has some nice laughs, plenty of touching moments and a few really sad ones. It makes you think about big drug companies, government, law, medicine and even the food you eat. A friend of mine said on Facebook that this movie is anti-science but I don’t see it that way. I thought part of the movie just focuses on how part of the scientific process can be very cruel and unforgiving when people’s lives are at stake. I highly recommend this movie (just not to children of course). I give it a strong 8/10 and I hope at least one of these guys get the Oscar they deserve.

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