Mikey Clarke reviews Dallas Buyers Cub (15)
Since Matthew McConaughey’s “McConaissance”, the actor has been unstoppable, producing one amazing performance after another – and his role in Dallas Buyers Club could be his best yet.
It’s not quite his best film, but arguably his best performance.
For those unfamiliar with the term “McConaissance” it’s the word used to describe the actor’s sudden transformation from a goofy actor seen in awful rom-coms (The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), to a highly-credible actor starring in award worthy films (The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, The Wolf of Wall Street). Dallas Buyers Club is rightly up for an Oscar, as is the man himself.
This emotional drama is loosely based on a true story. It focuses on Ron Woodproof (McConaughey) – a womanising, drug taking, homophobic, trailer-park tenant. His controversial life is turned upside-down in 1985 after being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.
He begins taking the FDA approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the US at the time, but it wreaks havoc with his white blood cells and almost kills him. Ron soon discovers there are more affective (unapproved by the FDA) treatments available outside of the US and smuggles them in to sell to fellow patients on the black market (aka the “Dallas Buyers’ Club”).
Most of Ron’s patients hail from the gay community and so he goes into business with Rayon (Jared Leto), a transsexual Aids patient.
The Dallas Buyer’s Club is very much a film about battles. Ron battles with coming to terms with his condition, he battles with his homophobic views after meeting Rayon, and he literally battles with the medical establishment.
The battles still to come are for the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor Oscars. I’m not overly confident on Dallas Buyers Club winning Best Film (there’s very strong competition) but both McConaughey and Leto stand a good chance of taking home awards. Both actors lost an incredible amount of weight for the roles (McConaughey lost 47 pounds) and both give the performance of their careers.