“God was dressing the wrong doll when he gave you a set of balls.”–Ron to Rayon
“Have a Nice Drip” is written in red on a marker board. Doctors wear all white and masks over their faces to not contract what their patients have: HIV. Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is a homophobic cowboy who loves sex. His life after his HIV positive diagnosis blossoms bigger than the Texas state flower, as he does not adhere to the thirty days he was expected to live. An incredible timeline is shown throughout the film that attributes to Ron’s growth as a man.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is set in 1985 at the beginning paranoia of the HIV and AIDS crisis. The FDA emerges as a greater enemy than the virus because the organization did not approve of a lot of beneficial treatments. In steps Ron with his assistant Rayon (Jared Leto). Ron wants to save some lives as his was saved due to the medical treatments he had while outside the US that he started to sell. He also wants to make some money.
Matthew McConaughey is growing into a mature actor. His skilled performance in moments of silence and pain will resonate with audiences. For Jared Leto to not have made a film in years and delivered a sensitively cognizant performance as Rayon, a pre-op transgendered AIDS patient, solidifies his talent and gift to acting. To deliver all those layers of Rayon was so powerful to watch. Jennifer Garner as Dr. Eve Saks gives a great dramatic performance that she should be proud to have on her filmography. She brings her charm as well. The cast is a complete ensemble including Denis O’Hare as the overbearing by-the-books Dr. Sevard, Steve Zahn as Gatlin, Ron’s cop friend and Dallas Roberts as David, Ron’s lawyer, the latter whom I was very happy to see in this film. The actors in this ensemble truly cared about the art and the incredibly written script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is an emotionally real and raw film. It is prolific in not being draining and overwhelming in the dramatic story. There are moments when you see the effects the virus has on the patient. There is empathy for the patient and not disgust. There are also a few moments of humor to compliment the drama and some international traveling.