In a sea of Golden Globe and Oscar praise, Dallas Buyers Club really lives up the the hype as a true great of modern cinema. The well-written and appropriately balanced script explores the difficult character arc of the protagonist and those around him.
McConaughey gives a layered and utterly compelling performance, which does not falter once during the two-hour picture. Leto’s turn as a transgender HIV sufferer explores a depth of character and emotion which cannot be ignored.
With support from Jennifer Garner in a well played and at points unexpectedly affecting role, the performances alone are enough to make this an instant classic.
TL;DR: An emotionally staggering and wonderfully poignant story, with great direction and immaculate performances. By far one of the worthiest films of the season.
CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée
WRITERS: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
SYNOPSIS: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.