Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Written By: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 57 min
This is a drama about AIDS. This is a movie about tolerance. A film that asks some legitimate questions of a health care system that favors profit over patient care. A story about desperate people willing to take on the FDA. Dallas Buyers Club is also based on true life events. The fact that in just under two hours all that is communicated effectively is quite frankly amazing.
This is down to some excellent writing from Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, and solid direction from Jean-Marc Vallée. The biggest impact though comes through the excellent performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Both actors transform themselves physically and mentally, and really inhabit the real life people they are portraying. Especially McConaughey, whose character arc takes an aimless bigot, and forces him to take a wider look at the world.
Ultimately this is a very tragic tale. There are some moments of humor, but you’ll have to be in the mood for some pretty dramatic content when you take this film on. The dealings with the FDA will probably anger you too.
As much as I would like to encourage a cinema visit, I really didn’t see or hear anything that warranted a big screen viewing. This film might actually be better viewed at home. You’ll want to be near a computer, because this film encourages further study into Ron Woodroof and the Dallas Buyers Club.
Best element for me:
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.