Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club - Movie Review

Dallas Buyers Club (R) 117 minutes B+
I wanna new drug

Starring Griffin Dunne, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Denis O’Hare and Dallas Roberts.

Dallas Buyers Club is loosely based on the true life story of Ron Woodroof, played here by Matthew McConaughey.  Woodroof was heterosexual and portrayed in the film as tough talking, homophobic redneck diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1985.  When the doctors suggested he get his affairs in order because he had (approximately) thirty days to live, first came denial, then the realization that it was do or die. Woodroof begin experimenting with any and all drugs and vitamins  he thought would slow the virus. This included traveling to different countries and smuggling unsanctioned medicines back to the United States. Dallas Buyers Club is more than a film about a man fighting a fatale disease.  It's also about a man against the machine of government and big business.  During one memorable scene Woodroof exclaims, "Screw the FDA, I’m gonna be DOA!" 

McConaughey and Jared Leto are sensational and undoubtedly worthy of their Oscar nominations.  But, what struck me most about the film is how remarkable the human spirit can be when facing adversity and how precious time is (and was) when we only have a little left. Sad and uplifting.

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