Movie Review: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Dallas Buyers Club PosterDallas Buyers Club is a film that shows that good movie making can still happen. The movie, staring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto follows the story of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic, Dallas party man who contracts HIV. We follow Woodroof as he set up his own Buyers Club with unapproved medication to help himself and others who have contracted the disease.

What makes this film fantastic is the acting. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto all turn in fantastic performances. People often talk about Meryl Steep being able to disappear into a role, but here McConaughey and Leto do just as well. Leto even better in his character of Rayon, a transgender woman who becomes Woodroof’s right-hand-woman in starting up the Buyers Club. Garner, as one of the doctors who provides Woodroof with his HIV diagnosis, is still amazing in the movie, but she looks like Jennifer Garner. However the reactions and emotions she gives to McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, are natural and honest. This is especially true as the Woodroof character moves from denial to acceptance to action. Garner’s emotional arc from the doctor who cares about her patients to the doctor who cares for the Ron and Rayon characters is subtle and engaging.

We know that lots of Hollywood movies have a love story; some are really bad and unnecessary, and some are really good. Dallas Buyers Club falls into the later. The good love story is the one between friends. Even though McConaughey’s character flits with Garner’s from time to time, their relationship really is based in friendship. A touching one as Garner’s character is drawn more and more into the life and business that Woodroof has created. There is also the love between Rayon and Woodroof. Rayon is part of what helps Woodroof get over his homophobia and Leto is incredibly charming in the role. The care they both develop for each other draws you further into the picture.

Without giving any spoilers, I would add that I really liked how the movie marked the passage of time. With a move as good a Dallas Buyers Club, I suggest you go see it for yourself. This movie is some fantastic storytelling.

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