Dallas Buyers Club is the true story of Ron Woodruff, a homophobic, alcoholic, drug addicted, woman loving, gambling bull rider from Dallas, Texas. In 1985 he is diagnosed with HIV, but refuses to take the products they give out in the hospitals. He makes it his mission to import non-approved medicine into the country so he can sell it to other people with AIDs and HIV and give them a fighting chance of survival.
Dallas Buyers Club features astonishing performances from every single cast member. The best performance in this entire movie is without a doubt Jarred Leto. He gives one of the greatest performances of the year and so far 2014 has been full of great performances so there's been a lot of competition. He will without a doubt get the Oscar for best supporting actor in which he is nominated for this year. It's not just Leto that was amazing though, everyone was. Mathew McConaughey gives what I think is the greatest performance in his career. I said this last year about his performances in Mud, but this film features one that's literally a thousand times better.
The film got me both frustrated and upset at many times, sometimes at the same time. Some of the characters in this film just got under my skin because of the treatments they were giving out. It's not because they were bad people, most weren't anyway, it's because of the lack of knowledge which caused the death of many innocent lives and some of these scenes were very upsetting. I was on the verge of tears in scenes where I was frustrated, but also scenes that are just damn emotional.
The film gets fairly humorous at a few moments throughout. The film itself tries to plant a couple of jokes here and there, but these aren't even the funniest moments in the film. Mathew McConaughey's character Ron is just reluctant to die and the things he does, helped by the sensational editing, can bring a smile to anybody's face. There's also a few scenes involving smuggling, one with the Dallas Cowboys being the funniest, that were more enjoyable than the other humorous scenes.
To sum up Dallas Buyers Club features astonishing performances from both McConaughey and Leto, both of which are strong Oscar contenders. The film is occasionally humorous and even brought a tear or two to my eyes.
4 1/2 Stars