With Oscar season fast approaching, there’s a sure influx in movies that have been “inspired by true events”, and Jean-Marc Vallée’s new film, Dallas Buyers Club is no exception.
It’s the eighties, and real-life, macho cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) makes the startling discovery that he has contracted HIV and subsequently only has thirty days to live. Remember that this is the eighties and Ron is horrified to learn that he has succumbed to this “homo” disease: “Homo? You made a mistake…”
With little known about how to combat HIV and AIDS, Ron, with no other viable options, isn’t going down without a fight. Declaring that there, “Ain’t nothing out there that can kill Ron Woodroof in thirty days,” he sets about tracking down other treatments unapproved or unavailable in the US and starts to smuggle them in for himself and his ‘Buyers’ Club’.
…one man’s mission to cheat death…
The first thing that grabbed my attention was how much weight Matthew McConaughey has lost, and there’s nothing the Academy love more than a bit of weight loss. McConaughey, complete with his signature swagger, seems to put in a strong performance in this role. Accompanied by Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, the trailer suggests that what starts off as one man’s mission to cheat death, turns into a nobler goal as he realises the inadequacy of the treatments available.
12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle are all set to be big movers and shakers at the next Academy Awards, but can Dallas Buyers Club compete? If not for the Best Picture award, then the trailer certainly suggests that McConaughey could be in the running for Best Actor… who would have thought?