Dallas Buyer’s Club

DallasBuyersClub-photo1Words by Elizabeth Pollard

We’ve all heard about the incredible transformation, physically and in acting ability of Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, but however it’s described is an understatement. McConaughey’s plays Ron Woodroof, a rodeo electrician who contracts HIV at a time when the disease was a death sentence and homophobia was rife. This sex mad, testosterone fulled, whiskey swigging cowboy has his life turned upside down when his friends turn their backs on him at his time of need. Although his journey was born out of survival instinct, Woodroof show’s an incredible strength and compassion you would ordinarily discount him for ever being capable of having.

McConaughey is not the only highlight of this film though; Jared Leto plays a witty and kind transgender junkie who opens Woodroof’s mind and heart through his intolerance of Woodroof’s initial homophobic behavior. Their aggressive and tumultuous relationship that begins as ‘strictly business’ only truly develops when business is booming.

What sets this drama aside from the usual exhausting intensity, is the light hearted energy between Ron (McConaughey) and Rayon (Leto). The screenplay isn’t obviously written for gags, but just a clever look or a split pause for reaction allows for a sense of humour where it could quite easily have been emotional. This breathes life into the characters and quite literally keeps you gripped until the credits roll.

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