Matthew McConaughey delivered the performance of his life in Dallas Buyers Club.
Jean-Marc Vallée directs the film, which runs nearly two hours long, from screenplay written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. In addition to McConaughey, the film stars Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. Leto is one of the frontrunners for supporting actor this year and will likely win, too.
But it’s McConaughey’s performance as Ron Woodruff that carries the film. While the burden rests on the veteran actor, it’s the best performance of his career–especially after he lost 47 pounds for the role.
Woodruff was blindsided in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV positive. Given 30 days to live, he chooses to make the most of it. Following his research, he finds that there is a lack of approved treatments and travels to Mexico and smuggles unapproved treatments into the United States. He challenges both the scientific and medical community, including his own doctor, Dr. Eve Saks (Garner).
Together with Rayon (Leto), they establish a Dallas Buyers Club. They don’t charge people for the drugs but for membership. It was a loophole around selling unapproved medications and treatments. This was the late 1980s when the authorities were still figuring out how to deal with the AIDS epidemic.