Plot: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
There comes a time when a movie comes along that from the very first frame you know for a fact it is going to be phenomenal. Dallas Buyers Club is the perfect example of that.
Matthew McConaughey. People used to scoff at the fact he was given leading roles, but why? With performances like this he is destined to become one of the finest actors of his generation. These last few years he has given brilliant performance after brilliant performance, in such movies as “Killer Joe”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, and “Mud” – to name a few, but his performance as Ron Woodroof takes the cake – an easy career best performance that may not be topped. And with good reason, because it is such an electric, magnificent, brilliant performance. In fact, I’m going to be that it’s the best performance by a male actor from 2013, slightly topping Mads Mikkelsen in “The Hunt”. I haven’t yet seen “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “12 Years A Slave”, or” Nebraska”, but I am quite certain that Matthew will take home the very deserved Oscar for Best Actor for his tragic, funny, and at times compassionate performance. I also have huge faith in Jared Leto to win Best Supporting Actor for his just utterly fantastic performance as a transgendered AIDS patient named Rayon, also giving a career best performance. I thought it’d be hard to top his brilliant performance in “Requiem For A Dream” as his best, but I was surely mistaken. I am just in awe at how committed these two amazing actors are to their craft, it’s just simply astonishing to see the dynamic performances played out with such lovely chemistry. I also very much admired Jennifer Garners kind, touching performance as Dr Eve Saks, and I personally think she too gave a career best performance.
The screenplay was co-written by writers Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. As I’ve previously stated, I love biopics. I just simply love a movie based on a true story – when it’s done right. When it’s done wrong, it’s headache-inducing. It is quite obvious that Craig and Melisa took their time meticulously studying Woodroof’s story, because – from what I know about his life – this is as accurate of a movie as you can get. From his personality to pieces of information about his life and struggle, this movie is pretty damn accurate. However the writers did take some artistic freedom and dramatize or change things (Rayon and Dr Saks were not based on real people etc), but they did it in a way that was as respectful as possible and simply it just worked. This screenplay was a tragic, sad, thoughtful, and often-times funny work of art.
The film was nicely directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, of whom I am not at all familiar with – but I admire his slick, sumptuous directing style and the beautifully shot cinematography. The makeup and hairstyling was brilliant, especially well utilized for the character Rayon, and it will without a doubt win Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews a Best Hairstyling and Makeup Oscar.
In conclusion, “Dallas Buyers Club” is a true cinematic feat in every definition of the word – it’s perfectly acted, brilliantly shot and scripted, very accurate, funny, tragic, and not to mention compassionate. The entire crew crafted one of the most compassionate and honestly human films about a true subject that has ever been released. There is no doubt in my mind that this brilliant, human work of art will deservedly sweep the Academy Awards.
My Rating: a perfect 10/10
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