Matthew McConaguhey Steals Dallas Buyers Club

dallas_buyers_clubIn 2009 Matthew McConaghey was well on his way to maintaing a steady career as a heart throb and most valuable romantic comedy draw in Hollywood. After a 2 year hiatus he returned with the film, The Lincoln Lawyer and the notion that he is done with making romantic comedies for the time being and he is going to flex his acting muscle. It wouldn’t take long for everyone to notice when he came out wit the dark yet somewhat touching film Mud.
It has been three years since his drastic career move and in my opinion it could not be going any better. McConaughey’s latest effort may just be the feather in his cap of his career. With Dallas Buyers Club McConoaughey gives every ounce he has to the role of Ron Woodroof. The physical site he becomes aside he shows that he has not become a big star based solely on looks alone, he can ACT!
The true story of Ron Woodroof is one of strength and tolerance. Intially when you meet Ron, sympathy is not your first emotion, in fact it is far from your first. He is a drug using, womanizing hustler who feels untouchable.
In late 1985 the AIDs virus was a new and terrifying illness that struck fear throughout the world. Everyone suddenly became more conscious of who they knew what they touched where they ate and more. Initially thought to be a strictly homosexual disease, it was later learned, and quickly, that no one was immune to it.
This leads right into Ron Woodroof’s story. He is diagnosed with the virus at a time just before we learn of it’s full affect. Learning he has 30 days to live Ron is determined to fight and beat this deadly disease that seems unbeatable and deadly. He quickly learns of a new trial drug AZT, which was the first true fight against AIDs. After buying black market versions of the drug Woodroof then is forced to look elsewhere for treatment and finds himself in Mexico where an American doctor has been doing research on the drugsAMF_6986 (70 of 376).NEF and disease and has developed a natural way of healing. Recognizing the monetary and health value in his work, Ron starts up “clubs” that aid people suffering from the disease. When he enlists the help of a cross dressing homosexual he meets in the hospital not only does his business boom he begns to learn the affect this disease has on everyone no matter their sexual orientation, and while not rying to appear his views on both have changed the change is truly apparent.
Woodroof puts up a strong fight not only against the disease but against the medical industry and law enforcement and against intolerance. It’s truly a touching story and one that may have done more good if it had been told 25 years ago. The trouble being the public was not ready or such a story.
IF    The front running story of this film was clearly the two headlining roles. Most notably Matthew McConaguhey who’s portrayl of Woodroof was undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, performance of the year. He clearly appears to be the early front runner for the best actor Oscar. But the bigger lock for Academy Awards ay be Jared Leto who plays the cross dresser that Woodroof befriends and truly begins to love despite huge cultural differences. His transformation is the most amazing and haunting is recent years, leaving everyone with a burned image in their mind of who has been affected and how.
Dallas Buyers Club has made waves since it’s release and will clearly thunder forth as the awards season dawns.

4 thoughts on “Matthew McConaguhey Steals Dallas Buyers Club”

  1. Good review. The true-life tale is definitely one worth looking into some more, but the performances here are what do this flick in as well. Especially Leto and McConaughey, who are both probably giving their best yet.

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