As I suppose many of you did, I succumbed to the overwhelming hype surrounding McConaughey’s latest role and raced to the nearest cinema as soon as I could to see ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. I’m happy to tell you that, it did not disappoint… £4.80 well spent.
The story centres on Ron Woodroof, a randy, heavily intoxicated electrician and part-time hustler. The poor man’s ‘Jordan Belfort’ – for those of you who idolised the ‘Wolf’. Based on a true story, Woodroof is diagnosed with AID’s during the 80’s epidemic; he goes on to create the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ to give other patients the medication they need.
The word ‘intense’ would almost be too weak to describe this piece of cinematic genius. I’ve used that word to describe much lesser displays of emotional drama. It is one of those films where you find yourself willing on the character… you are fighting for McConaughey from the edge of your itchy, hard and confined cinema seat (maybe VIP is worth the extra pound).
I don’t want to sound patronising, as I have found many articles to be when describing McConaughey’s recent transformation, but this man has truly transformed! I’m not going to lie, I swooned as much as any other crushing teenager when the McConaughey of yester-year ripped off his shirt in the likes of ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ and ‘Failure to Launch’ (Yes, I have watched these films, don’t judge, I know you have too…). But that surfer God has now vanished, and in his place is an actor of the finest kind, award-worthy in my eyes.
Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner provide truly impressive support, making this a definite must-see film of the year. Prepare to well-up (even the ‘hard men’ out there), prepare to re-evaluate views (yes, it’s thought provoking) and prepare to have a thoroughly enjoyable cinematic experience. Get down to the cinema now…