Okay. I’ll admit it. For years I’ve been saying Matt can’t act. For years, I’ve had the impression that this guy only does chick flicks, and that is true, but I think McConaughey is a smart guy. I think he knows he’s good at what he does. He spent years as romantic comedy stand-in, making tons of money and establishing himself. Matt knows it’s time. It’s time to knock roles out of the ballpark. Enter “Dallas Buyers Club”.
The story is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“C.R.A.Z.Y”, “The Young Victoria”) and written by newcomer Craig Borten, and Melisa Wallack. Source material is based on a true story that did indeed take place in Dallas, Texas. McConaughey plays the sex, drugs, and alcohol addicted Ron Woodroof. He’s a truly broken man who has done everything imaginable outside of his time in the bull-riding ring, or job as an electrician. Within a short period of time, Ron finds out he has AIDS, and is told he has 30 days to live, at which he responds “Ain’t nothing able to take down Ron Woodroof.” The cocky man he is, he proves it.
McConaughey is joined by Jennifer Garner, who plays a loving woman, named Dr. Eve Saks. She does her best to help Woodroof get the care he needs, and gosh darn it is she a patient woman. Another patient she treats is a transvestite named Rayon (Jared Leto). You may know Leto from past acting roles, but maybe you didn’t know he is also lead singer for 30 Seconds to Mars. Quite the talented man, despite his off-stage attitude that many fans show disdain for. He is likely to pick up an Oscar this year for his portrayal of Rayon. She is a woman who isn’t quite sure of her calling in life, yet at some point finds Ron to be a wonderful friend.
Ron experiences life-change both in his physical condition and his perception of those around him. His transformation symbolizes the state of hate which is shown towards homosexual behavior or lifestyles. Ron used to be surrounded by rednecks that would spit on a passing homosexual. He soon finds himself to be branded as one by those around him who direly misunderstand HIV and AIDS.
At some level, “Dallas Buyers Club” exists to tell a good story of how one man, who used to be extremely selfish and live superficially, can change completely and turnaround everything to show compassion to those he used to despise. Now, I do not condone his life of drug dealing. Mark my words. However, there is something to be learned—especially by the American church which so often shows so much negativity toward the gay population—that hopefully we can learn something from. Ron is able to live with these people, and even love these people. He isn’t gay himself—as he so eloquently puts numerous times during “Dallas Buyers Club”—but he has learned how to live amongst them. He knows they aren’t disease-ridden animals, but instead, just like him, you, or me, they are people.
If anything, let “Dallas Buyers Club” help to open your close-mindedness. This is a profane film that does not shy away from being truthful and accurate. Unfortunately, our society is one that sometimes needs a visceral approach to drive anything home.