Afternoon ladies and gent, time for the final film review for today and it is the much-talked about Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club. I never knew nothing about this film until some point in December when it was released in America and it started to get a lot of Oscar buzz. So since I’ve become a fan of Matthew McConaughey in recent years and the film was being so hyped up, I decided to see what the deal was when I went to the cinema yesterday. So how does the film fare? Read on and find out.
So the story involves Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the eponymous “Dallas Buyers Club” whilst facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration.
I thought the film was very interesting and compelling because of the central journey dealing with Woodroof’s character and the amount of people with AIDS during the 1980’s. While it is based on true events so that means that there are some liberties taken with what actually happened, I felt like the story was very realistic, had a lot of dramatic weight to it with consequences all people involved. Just like Mark Kermode mentioned in his review, there are comparisons to be made to Philadelphia due to the similar subject matter and it surprising that I’ve only noticed that now..If I had any negatives it would be that the film feels a bit long at times and definitely makes you feel low.
When it comes to the cast they are the best element of the film and there are only three people you really care about. Let’s start Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, McConaughey is incredible in this film as he embodies this character so well that is completely unrecognizable from his other roles in the past. Woodroof at first is this manly cowboy who does a lot of drugs and drinks a lot, he’s also not very nice and is very homophobic. However when he is diagnosed with AIDS his life changes, at first he’s in complete denial, however once he starts seeking treatments outside of the US and starts helping out the local community with his drugs you see him change. Besides the absurd weight loss for the role, McConaughey is funny, charismatic and totally believable in the role.
The next great performance comes from Jared Leto as Rayon/Raymond. I thought that Leto was amazing, he has a talent for humour and having a great screen presence, but I feel like the raw emotions he pours out in the film’s more dramatic moments in truly impressive. And then there’s Jennifer Garner as Dr. Eve Saks, she was very good as the doctor who was initially at odds with Woodroof, but after she sees the effectiveness of his drugs and the problems with the practices in place at her hospital she starts to change. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Garner but she was quite nice in this film,
In conclusion Dallas Buyers Club is very good with a story and characters that are dramatic, complex and very in-depth. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was expecting more due to all the hype surrounding the film, but it was still pretty good. The film isn’t for everyone though, some may complain that the film is bit long, kind of depressing and that not a lot happens. But if you’re willing to invest in the narrative you’ll find something interesting in there, plus the performances from McConaughey and Leto alone make the film worth a watch.
Rating: 8/10 (It’s the Matthew McConaughey show and it is awesome)
So what did you think of Dallas Buyers Club? Be sure to share your thoughts below and I’ll see you lot on the next review yo! 😀