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Dallas Buyers Club

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is one helluva film! Unapologetic and pure triumph! Matthew McConaughey finally proved to the world of what a great actor he could actually be. This is McConaughey's Oscar worthy moment, and Jared Leto is just as flawless. One of the most well-written, well-acted films you'll see this year, absolutely remarkable!

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.

Dallas Buyers Club

I’m always thankful for great movies like DALLAS BUYERS CLUB because moves like this restore my faith in the power of cinema, the power of a well-told story and how it can be an effective tool to send a message. Not to mean preachy or shove a belief down your throat, but to rock your comfort zone just enough to make you view the world from a different perspective.

But aside from that, from the filmmaking stand point, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is monumental. The dynamics between the characters, the dialogue between them, the direction by Jean Marc Valle, and a great ensemble cast, this is all much like a perfect match in heaven. A true story that may as well have written itself into a film. But much credit to screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB doesn’t dumb you down, it doesn’t always play nice, but says it like it is and I respect that.

This story of an homophobic turns AIDS patient turns self-proclaimed businessman (while others see him as a snake oil salesman) turns crusader, in many ways, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB reminds me a lot of the film Norma Rae. And so the range of acting that Matthew McConaughey displays in this movie is unbelievable. It’s not just the weight loss, but he profoundly embodies his character Ron Woodruf with all his frustrations and his exhaustion to a level that may become the next casebook study for other actors from here on out. Both McConaughey's and Leto's transformation will blow your mind.

I don’t necessarily think DALLAS BUYERS CLUB means to instill any guilt, I don’t think it tries to tell you that if you still can’t accept the gays, then you’re the wrong one. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and their mindset. I think DALLAS BUYERS CLUB does a splendid job of showing the audience that these characters, having AIDS or no AIDS, are still human beings who make mistakes like the rest of us, who may live irresponsibly and make bad choices along the way, just as we often do at times, but they want to live just as badly as the rest of us do as well. So that effort to try and make us connect, to help us put ourselves in their shoes, is there, it’s ever present throughout the film.

And while watching DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, to a certain extent, I can relate to the story. I'm neither a doctor nor a research expert but I'll say this,.. I grew up in a conservative environment that had that mistaken mindset saying that AIDS was only a homosexual disease. As if God was using AIDS to judge the gays. How incorrect that mindset was. The more I learned about it over the years, when I was younger, the more I found that even straight people could catch the virus. Some from irresponsible lifestyle, (I said *irresponsible*, and that can be anyone of any sexual orientation). If DALLAS BUYERS CLUB can help us be more accepting of each other despite our differences, then that's fantastic, but if the film doesn't move your conviction, then at least you can appreciate it for what it is: one of the greatest films of the year.

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