‘Tis the season of being thankful, and while I have many things to be thankful for I now have a new one to add to the list, Dallas Buyers Club.
I often find myself drawn to indie films more than mainstream, due in part to their realism. And quite often, in my opinion, much better writing, cinematography and storytelling. But I am unable to recall the last time a movie has touched me so deeply, in fact, I am not certain that one ever has.
This film evokes emotions unknown, opens eyes to a world ignored, and reminds us that we are all human. We all live. We all breathe. We all die. And sometimes, some of us struggle through it all.
Matthew McConaughey is fierce as Ron Woodruff. He brings an intensity to the screen that unknowingly draws you in. You want to be by his side fighting the battle with him and standing up for what is right. To make a difference and show people it is ok to question things, especially where your life is at stake. I have to say this is by far his best performance.
Jennifer Garner is flawless and brilliant as the compassionate Dr. Eve Saks. She brings to life what humanity should be, and shows us that sometimes we have to walk away from the pack in order to do the right thing.
Jared Leto is nothing less than stellar. His portrayal of the beautiful Rayon is unremarkable, and if you have never seen his films before, I insist you must see this one. He effortlessly displays all facets of this complex individual; vibrant, hopeful, caring, fun-loving, confident, determined, terrified, heartbroken and strong. I don’t know that there is another actor of his caliber in this generation. His performances have yet to disappoint me.
The devotion to this film by these actors cannot, and should not, be ignored. There is no question that they gave their hearts and souls to these performances. The physical transformations alone show that, but when you see them on screen you are not watching Matthew, Jennifer and Jared act, you are watching Ron, Eve and Rayon fight for life.
Dallas Buyers Club, to me, is magical, haunting, inspiring, and in some respects life changing. Thank you to all involved for such a beautiful gift.
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