Plot – In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after doctors diagnose them with the disease – Dallas Buyers Club
Director – Jean-Marc Vallée
Genre – Drama
Released – 2013
In Dallas Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallée puts Matthew McConaughey through one of Hollywoods most dramatic body transformations as Woodruff, a homophobic, drug-addicted, womanising cowboy whose misbehaviour leads him to get diagnosed with AIDS.
But it’s not just his body that transforms, his personality and reason for living goes though just as astonishing transition, starting up the Dallas Buyers Club, where there is no fee for the medicine, but there’s a four hundred dollar monthly fee and helping to prolong the lives of countless AIDS sufferers in the process.
We all know good Matthew McConaughey can be when the material is right and Dallas Buyers Club is the perfect example, giving an Oscar-winning performance in a role that required a haunting level of transformation. Following Woodruff from lean rodeo cowboy having sex with two women, through to a disturbingly thin shell of a man as the disease takes hold.
But it’s not just McConaughey who provides an Oscar-winning performance, Dallas Buyers Club would be a lesser film without Rayon played by Jared Leto. Leto gives a performance worthy of all the praise. He was entirely absorbing as a transvestite male battling a disease that had been ravaging the gay community unchecked for years. Jennifer Garner is also worthy of applaud as Ron’s Doctor, while Steve Zahn and Dennis O’Hare also do wonders in minimal, supporting roles.
There will be some that find the films pacing offputting, but for me, Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best films of the mid-00s. Not only because of the excellent acting but also because of Jean-Marc Vallee’s flawless direction that prevents this from being a straight-forward biopic into a touching film about a man filled with so much hate, but learns to grow through contracting disease and forming genuine friendships with the unlikeliest of people.