DVD Review: Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey has really turned his career around eh.
He won Oscar gold for Dallas Buyers Club, in which he plays a straight man diagnosed with the horrific HIV disease, but you wouldn’t have known he’d eventually win big if you’d watched his previous dribble like Fool’s Gold.
But he had me in tears from the get go and I’m still shocked about it.
McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a straight man working as an electrician in Dallas in the 1980s. The HIV/AIDs disease is spreading at an alarming rate. One night of fun turns into a death sentence for Woodroof. Told he has 30 days to live, he is ostracised, abused both physically and emotionally by the people who are meant to be his friends and has nowhere to go.
There’s no second chance. It hurts to see the realisation sink in. Ever the entrepreneur, he pulls himself together to try to survive. He befriends Rayon, played by the stunningly androgynous Jared Leto, and ends up positively impacting on the lives of many LGBT people in the same predicament.
Maybe it’s just me, but this film made for extremely emotional viewing. Seeing anyone suffer from such a horrible disease is awful. Based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, you can’t help but hope the level of discrimination he faced can open the eyes of those who still hold prejudice. If anything else, Dallas Buyers Club will help breakdown stigmas – that those with HIV are humans and deserve dignity.
Rating: R16 Sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language.
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