Time for another Best Motion Picture candidate for this year’s Oscars. Today I am visiting the smash hit movie Dallas Buyers Club. On the awards circuit the film has been going great guns and here it picks up 6 nominations for Academy Awards, not only in the Best Motion Picture category, but also in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. This film directed by Jean-Marc Vallee is based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, a Dallas hustler and electrician who contracts AIDS in a time when if you had it, you were automatically homosexual and shunned by everyone you knew. This is not the case with Ron and after being given just 30 days to live he finds himself in a position to try to help other sufferers of the disease whose drugs are making them worse.
Now, this is one of the more serious movies I have watched this awards season and once again it is a true story, (there are a lot of them about this year) and it is hard to believe that the medical profession and people in general were so narrow-minded and prejudiced and also so ill-advised. Of course back in 1985 AIDS was a relatively new phenomenon in the medical world. I think it shows just how far we have come in research and treatment. Ron Woodruff was perhaps a catalyst in finding out the correct cocktail of drugs that would finally start to make a difference in people diagnosed with AIDS.
As far as performances in this movie go, I think that both Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto thoroughly deserve their nominations and they both put in great portrayals of their characters. With both using method acting, they shed a huge amount of weight to look extremely thin and wasted just as AIDS would do to the body. Some say it would be taking things too far, but I think in a film like this it was completely necessary to have the proper effect on the audience. So is this going to be McConaughy’s year? Well he’s doing well so far, with a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award in the Best Actor category. This would make the treble for him and I reckon its between him and Leonardo DiCaprio for the award. Jared Leto has also been having success playing the role of Rayon, a transvestite whom Ron befriends and goes into business with in this scheme to import non US approved drugs into the country.
From a personal point of view, I have to say that I did enjoy the movie, but not as much as I did The Wolf Of Wall Street. I can see Dallas Buyers Club winning a lot of awards this year, but Best Motion Picture? I don’t think so. Its good, but not an Oscar winner for me. Of course, worse movies have won the coveted statue so you just never know.