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Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Updated: Monday, November 18 2013, 12:09 PM CST

Grade: B

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

If Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are not Oscar contenders come The Academy Awards, then I will be shocked. Both lost a lot of weight for the roles in Dallas Buyers Club, but it's their performances that transformed them completely. Based on a true story, this film is poignant and shows the human spirit.

In Dallas Buyers Club, Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is a typical homophobic Texas redneck that lives a very fast life. With drug use and having sex with different women every other night, he finds out that he is HIV positive. and has 30 days to live. Since he doesn't know what to do, he drives down to Mexico to find a remedy called AZT and starts discovering drugs there and in other countries that are being used to treat AIDS. He takes the drugs even though they're not approved by the Food & Drug Administration. He meets a transvestite while he's in the hospital named Rayon (Requiem For A Dream's Jared Leto), who helps him distribute the drugs to the gay community. Before long, together they start the Dallas Buyers Club, that gives anyone all the meds they need for $400.

It's almost as if Matthew McConaughey was born to tell the story of Ron Woodruff's life. Not just any actor could have pulled it off. The person would have to have a little bit of Texan in them to begin with. It's as if everything in his career has lead up to this shining moment. Futhermore, Jared Leto is almost completely unrecognizable. I even thought it was a new performer and had even forgotten that he was in the movie. Dallas Buyers Club is a touching story that breaks homophobic barriers. But if you think it's going to be a depressing movie, think again. There's so much laughter in this film.

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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before its out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   

Review: Dallas Buyers Club


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