Movie In Review: Dallas Buyers Club

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Anytime the subject of H.I.V (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or A.I.D.S (Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is brought to the forefront as a topic of conversation, I would immediately think of the time when Earving “Magic” Johnson revealed to the world that he himself had contracted the virus. The impact of this announcement was both riveting and heartbreaking for me on a personal note, as he was hands down my favorite basketball player of all time. Much like many uninformed Americans at the time, we all were awaiting with bated breath, the anticipated physical demise of what many considered to be an extremely virile man with a million dollar smile. Of course that day never came, as the man simply known as “Magic”, beat the odds and has survived some twenty plus years since being diagnosed. This victory by Magic was both astonishing and admirable, as it served as a beacon of hope to those who were dealing with this dreadful disease during a time where information and technology were somewhat behind in the race towards discovering a countermeasure or serum. It bodes the question of: “What happened to the others who were not so lucky?”. How did those who were face to face with death, with very little hope of survival, cope with their eventual mortality knocking at their door? Well these questions and many other inquiries were answered in what I now consider to be another memorable moment the era of H.I.V./A.I.D.S, that was just as impactful as Magic’s announcement. That impact came by way of watching Dallas Buyer’s Club for the first time. Before I regurgitate any recycled knowledge regarding the storyline, let me get this out the way first. Matthew McConaughey; brilliant. Jared Leto; exceptionally brilliant. What ever statuesque awards that both of these men received along the way was probably not enough, as it is hard to find a flaw in either one of their epic performances. The way they transformed their bodies alone was worthy of an award in itself. This movie not only became a platform that highlighted the quintessential epitome of the performing arts, but it also gave a new voice to a dreadful disease, all while illuminating the flaws of the United States regulatory standards as it relates to both drugs and healthcare. To spend more verbiage trying to lament the intricacies of this masterful work of art would be doing it a complete disservice; so in my most simplistic plea I will say: “Rent it immediately”. There are no disappointments, only residual empathy and admiration for the triumphant plight of one Ron Woodroof. A man who should be acknowledged as one of the new faces of victory in the war on A.I.D.S. Enjoy. #awareness

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3 Responses to “Movie In Review: Dallas Buyers Club”

  1. Great review! I absolutely loved this film – so touching and horrifying at the same time. McConnaughey and Leto are incredible actors and I loved seeing the pair opposite each other – really made the story with their relationship. I reviewed the film too here – http://wp.me/p3SwKd-ka – would love to know your thoughts!

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