Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)


The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, suffering from AIDS and tried a way to improve his health by taking unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and illegally smuggled them for his fellow AIDS patient. The Dallas Buyers Club was the buyer’s club that Woodroof established with the help of  unlikely partners which became highly successful amongst AIDS patients.

This film clad in the ever so colorful life of homosexuals and people affected by AIDS established a strong balance of fact and fiction during the years when the combat against the disease was still unrecognized and was ostracized by the society.

Prior to watching this, the buzz about McConaughey’s performance was already loud and clear that he’s set to head in this year’s Oscar with no other rivals to get in the way. After finally getting the chance to watch it, I have to believe it myself. McConaughey’s rendition here as the homophobic Texan who became the unlikely hero of the gay community was flawless – it’s like the male Sophieluminescent, one of a kind and truly singular.

Jare Leto who played the pre-op transgender Rayon was equally exceptional providing tenderness to McConaughey’s obnoxious yet effective approach to Woodroof.

Dallas Buyers Club is a biopic that lends its ears and opens its heart to the audience especially to the ones suffering from the disease for it supplemented a straightforward approach and presented what’s really happening back then and even now which keeps people fighting for their rights and fighting for their lives.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Michael O’Neill, Denis O’Hare, Griffin Dunne, John Tabler, Jane McNeil, James DuMont, Bradford Cox, Kevin Rankin, Lawrence Turner, Matthew Thompson, Adam Dunn, Scott Takeda, Deneen Tyler, Donna Duplantier

Rating: 7.5/10

*Dallas Buyers Club  received six Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture category.

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