Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Review

This film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée is currently nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and is the winner of 2 Golden Globes in the latter two categories. Inspired by the real-life story of Ron Woodroof, “Dallas Buyers Club” is somewhere between fact and fiction.

It is centered around the fight against AIDS in 1980s USA. “Dallas Buyers Club” centres around protagonist Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic cowboy electrician in Dallas, Texas. It is set at a time in which the majority thought that only gay people got HIV and AIDS. When Ron is diagnosed he is given 30 days to live however the plot surrounds Ron smuggling unapproved drugs into Texas once he has discovered they are more effective at improving his symptoms that the standard AZT drug. Ron ends up going into an unlikely partnership with a HIV positive transgender character named Rayon (Jared Leto), who has greater contact with AIDS patients through the gay community and ends up distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the “Dallas Buyers Club” whilst facing major opposition from the FDA.

Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner (As Eve the Doctor) all give brilliant performances in this politically edged socio-medical drama that sheds some light on the sufferers of AIDS in the 1980s and how in many countries it is still no better. All in all, this is a really great film that deserves the attention it is currently getting in the run up to the Oscars.

Author: emilysteelefilm

Filmmaker, Writer, Feminist.

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