Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient that starts a club for people with the fatal disease by providing unapproved pharmaceuticals to combat the disease. His slick attitude garners him instant success but he must face many obstacles and in doing so he learns a valuable lesson.

Movie Title: Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Screenplay By: Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

Director of Photography: Yves Bélanger

Starring:  & 

US Release Date: November 1, 2013

Run time: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Rating: R

Average Film Score: 9.0

Dallas Buyers Club Jared Leto

Dallas Buyers Club may quite possibly be Matthew McConaughey’s best role to date. He plays a down and out rodeo gambler named Ron Woodroof that is head over heels with a fast paced drug and alcohol lifestyle. His extreme weight loss and constant coughing up blood is sure to get you wondering what exactly is wrong with this party monster. It turns out he has AIDS. For those of you that not know much about the AIDS virus please click here to read more.

Mr. Woodroof is sent to the hospital after being found collapsed on the floor. His Doctor explains that he has AIDS and he should be dead due to low T-Cell count in his system. Ron meets a transgender man by the name of Rayon and he quickly dismisses him due to his sexual orientation and condition. Ron is dead set against the fact that his Doctor said he only has 30 days to live so he reaches out to some medical staff to illegally obtain some AZT (a drug that may or may not help AIDS patients).

After he runs out of the drug he heads to Mexico to seek out help with his ailment. He is helped by a Doctor in Mexico that believes AZT is wrong for the virus and puts Ron on a set of other kinds of drugs. Ron survives a lot longer on these drugs and decides to make a business out of it. He enlists the help of Rayon whom he met previously in the hospital since he has knowledge of the LGBT Community.

That is the meat and potatoes of the film but it does take a few twists and turns and the way the Director meshes it all together is just amazing. I was thoroughly impressed with both Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto’s performances. Unfortunately, everyone else was just mediocre. The music and cinematography were excellent and the movie as a whole was great. I feel that there will definitely be some Oscars handed out for this one.

Best line in the film:

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey): “I swear it, Ray, God sure was dressin’ the wrong doll when he blessed you with a set of balls.”

Breakdown 

  •       Directing: 9.1
  •       Set Direction: 8.8
  •       Costume Design and/or Direction: 8.9
  •       Music: 9
  •       Lead Actors: 9.7
  •       Supporting Actors: 8.5
  •       Cinematography: 9.2
  •       Sound: 8.8
  •       Effects: 9
  •       Story: 9

Average Film Score: 9.0

4 Comments

  • Tom says:

    Good review Dustin, I really quite enjoyed this film and was similarly impressed by the solid and transformative performances by its two leads. I actually thought the supporting players were decent, though I would be more inclined to agree that Jennifer Garner wasn’t particularly interesting. She had a few key emotional moments though. Nice work!

  • Mikey says:

    Hey Dustin, saw this on Sunday and agree that McConahey was fantastic in it. He really inhabited the character

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