This may be McConaughey’s chance to prove his Oscar-worthiness, especially with the heavy subjects explored in this film—which includes the 1980s AIDS epidemic, prejudice against the LGBT community, problems with the health care system and all things related.
Before I go any further, here’s the trailer:
I’m actually interested to see McConaughey’s character’s transformation. Any synopsis for a movie that starts of with a cowboy discovering he is HIV positive is an attention-grabbing premise in my book. Here’s the rest of the synopsis below:
Matthew McConaughey stars in “Dallas Buyers Club” as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.
As metioned above, McConaughey’s Ron Woodroof does end up forging alliances with supporting characters played by Jennifer Garner and Steve Zahn, but the most interesting character is that of Jared Leto‘s character. Jared Leto plays a transexual stricken with HIV that teams up with Woodroof to circumvent
the man the system.
You didn’t realize that was Jared Leto, now did you?
I admit that when I first watched the trailer and Leto’s name came up, I actually had to rewind that sh*t. I had to make sure that was actually him. It’s him, ladies and gentlemen and there’s no denying it.
This is actually Leto’s first role in years and he went all out and lost 30 pounds for the role. When you add that to the fact that McConaughey also lost 38 pounds for his own role, then you know that this movie is about to be serious.
Anyways, in addition to all of that the film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and was written by Melissa Wallack and up and coming writer Craig Borten. I’m not too familiar with any of their work, (especially Mirror Mirror. I refuse to touch that movie with a ten-foot pole), but I figure that if they are able to supplement Oscar-worthy performances from McConaughey and Leto, this movie may not only be very impressive, but very moving and inspiring as well.
Here’s to hoping that it’s both.
Also, if your interested, here’s the movie poster below:
Sources: Screen Rant, ComingSoon.net
Images From: Screen Rant, Comicvine.com, Movieweb.com, Fanshare.com
Dallas Buyers Club rides its way into U.S. theaters on November 1st, 2013.
What do you think? Will you be seeing it? Are you excited to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto? Sound off below!