Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
Plot: Based on the life of Ron Woodroof. In Dallas, 1985, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider. He lives his life by smoking, drinking, using drugs, and is frequently involved with hookers and promiscuous women. After fainting and being sent to hospital, he told he is HIV+ and will die within 30 days. Unable to accept his diagnosis at first, Woodroof then starts the journey that leads to him opening The Dallas Buyers Club.
Review: Three Oscar wins, and nominated for a further three, when I settled on my sofa to watch this film, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. It is a deep, gritty, biography film that challenges one man on the way he thinks and lives his life.
Matthew McConaughey allegedly lost 47lbs while preparing for his role. He gives an incredible performance; I think winning the Oscar for Best Leading Actor was definitely deserved. He really committed to the role and it paid off. It’s great to see him stepping away from romantic comedies, and starring in some more gritty dramas. Leto was another fantastic performance, playing the transsexual Raylon, who is also HIV+. They had great on screen chemistry, both giving amazing performances. Garner’s performance, I’m on the fence about. It’s not that she was bad in the film; it’s just that she didn’t really bring anything to it the way McConaughey and Leto did.
I had to do my research on writers Borten and Wallack after the film; this does seem to be their first major film. I look forward to seeing what else they work on. Jean-Marc Vallée, known for The Young Victoria, did an amazing job directing this film.
To sum up, this is a film I would definitely recommend, however it isn’t for the light-hearted. I give it 9 out of 10.