Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
What a waste of my time!!!
good back-story, and good acting
A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.
Ron Woodroof masks the mundanity and pain of his blue collar with Texan swagger. His cavalier overindulgence in cards, rodeo, and sex land him in a hospital bed, subdued and branded by incurable disease and ripe for emotional quarantine. Dallas Buyers Club ignites the inner screams and frayed nerves of devastating change with a flashbang. Jolted to life's fragility, Mr. Woodroof concedes former prejudice for suave business and sincere friendship with Rayon, who hums with charm to the pain of slow erosion. Bonded in pain, Ron and Rayon meld wit and recklessness to form a profitable beehive and sanctuary for an aching community. Ron discovers a calm authority in his unique business brand, enjoying the fireworks of energetic release through the backlash of bureaucracy, while Rayon links social and personal vibrancy to the cause. Both partners seesaw over physical and institutional barriers to evoke the maturity and humility, masculine and feminine qualities in each other that evolve into a full self love that seeps to their suffering kin.Dallas Buyers Club harmonically weaves desperation and suffering together in friendship, blooming into a fine portrayal of complete self expression.
"Dallas Buyers Club" is definitely worth the detour for this true and incredible story worn by Matthew McConaughey whose charisma sparkles! It is indeed all the internal evolution and also the physical evolution of this character, Ron Woodrooff, which is remarkable ... Evolution which is made throughout its fight against the disease and at the same time against the system put in place by the FDA ... His awareness that will lead him to change completely at all to find himself at the head this Buyers Club where another way to heal is possible, is quite phenomenal. Lost and HIV-positive individuals like him, will be able to take a little hope, which is also put forward to captivate us completely ... On the other hand, the relationship that is installed against all odds, between Ron and the young transvestite Rayon, is also interesting to follow to be very touching, very moving! In this regard, all the latent homophobia in the film takes on a very different dimension and color depending on the various protagonists of this story. Of course, there remains the whole financial and ambiguous aspect through the hospital, the doctors and these blind and destructive treatments by AZT, of which the FDA is the guarantor. In the end, a very beautiful film about this scandal updated in the United States in the 80s!
Growing up in a conservative family, I was often sheltered from topics such as drug abuse and homosexuality. Out of sight, out of mind was the prevailing thought process in that type of upbringing. Upon getting educated and learning to think in my own terms, however, I've become much more open and understanding towards issue that may have slipped below my radar in years past. As such, "Dallas Buyers Club" was an eye-opening film for me for the way in which it allowed me an entrance point (via Hollywood drama) into some hard-hitting issues involving drug abuse, the gay community, and even the American health care system at large.For a basic plot summary, this film tells the story of real-life figure Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey), a very bigoted, prejudiced Texan who discovers (in 1985) that he has HIV. At first shocked and angry over even the association of having a "queer's disease", Ron eventually begins to accept his diagnosis and delves into the research on how to treat it. At first, he associates with medical doctor Eve (Jennifer Garner), who is hopeful about an experimental new drug yet to be sanctioned by the FDA. When Ron discovers that the drug may just as well be poisoning him, however, he begins his own treatment plan that leans heavily on non-sanctioned drugs from Mexico. Along the way, he meets Rayon (Jared Leto), who challenges many of his conservative beliefs about the gay community and just human beings at large.I think "Dallas Buyers Club" works so well (and garnered so much acclaim) because of the fact that McConaughey & Leto's characters are basically direct conduits to many viewers. There are many people out there (and I'll still put myself in that group) who view homosexuality from a distance lens, and Ron Woodruff (in the character's initially stages) embodies that perfectly. Once he is forced to interact with that community (primarily through Rayon), he comes to learn that it isn't the "big deal" or taboo he once thought it was (a reaction that I think many people, including myself, have had as the gay rights movement continues to gain momentum). Director Jean-Marc Vallee hits all the right notes in crafting a story that is deeply emotional and can easily cross over into the lives of many viewers.Only helping matters is the incredible acting. Leto utterly transformers himself into Rayon, while McConaughey continues his rather surprising late-career transition from "king of the silly rom-com" into a very accomplished dramatic actor. His physical transformation for the film is also quite stunning, reminding me of Christian Bale in "The Machinist". Clearly, these were "all-in" roles for him & Leto. Garner holds up her end of the story nicely, providing a presence who is caught in the middle of her chosen profession (medicine's) way of doing things and Ron's more free-wheeling style (that seems to be producing better results). When all is said and done, "Dallas Buyers Club" can be evaluated just as much as a film about the process of testing drugs for disease control as it can for anything else.Simply put, I'm glad I "took a chance" on "Dallas Buyers Club", as it turned into a very good experience for me. Many people will dismiss the film because of its subject matter, but to do so would be to rob yourself of a cinematic & dramatic treat. To be completely honest, the only reason I'm not giving the film an even higher star rating is because I'm just so new to many of the topics touched on that in many cases I'm not even ready to put all the pieces together quite yet. The bottom line, though, is that I very much enjoyed the experience both literally (as a solid film) and personally (expanding my social & culture horizons).
Matthew McConaughey gives a no-holds-barred, Oscar-winning performance as real-life medical rights pioneer Ron Woodroof, a profane, prejudiced Texas electrician/rodeo aficionado/crooked gambler, who contracted the HIV/AIDS virus in the mid-'80s (through either unprotected sex with an HIV-positive female or through drug use) and was given 30 days to live. Belligerent in his quest to keep himself alive--and finding no relief from the "wonder drug" AZT--Woodroof began obtaining powerful drugs from Mexico, Japan and other countries. Unapproved in the U.S. by the FDA, these 'illegal' medications proved to keep Woodroof alive, and also the many HIV-infected people who lined up outside his motel room to purchase them (much to the chagrin of the local medical professionals). McConaughey, painfully gaunt and thin, performs without a shred of vanity; his startling work here shows an actor of great courage and depth. As his drug-addicted transvestite sidekick, Jared Leto (also a deserved Oscar winner) is McConaughey's equal; their slowly developing admiration for each other is convincingly nonchalant, spare and lovely to watch. Jennifer Garner gives her finest performance to date as their doctor, who begins to realize her AZT studies are doing more harm than good, and Denis O'Hare is excellent as Garner's colleague-cum-adversary. A well-realized and incredible drama for adults, hampered now and then by prosy dialogue but almost always kept on-track by the performances, as well as by Jean-Marc Vallée's tight direction. *** from ****