JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
Day 12 of JD's PridePalooza and the film tonight is Dallas Buyers Club. I remember really liking this the first time I had saw it so was interested in seeing if it held up or improved with a rewatch.
Dallas Buyers Club depicts the true story of Ron Woodroof's (Matthew McConaughey) fight with AIDS and struggle with the FDA when he sets up a Buyers Club for AIDS patients who need lifesaving drugs.
This is just one of those films that is just great storytelling from beginning to end. The writing, though a bit slow towards the end, brilliantly tells this very human story of a guy doing everything he can to survive. Although probably inaccurate, Ron's relationship with the LGBT community is also well depicted, especially with how he comes to respect and care for Rayon (Jared Leto), a fictional trans woman he partners up with. The ending is very moving and emotionally satisfying as a conclusion.
McConaughey thoroughly earned his Oscar for Best Actor with a perfectly pitched performance as Ron Woodroof. The scene where he is told he has AIDS is a highlight. Jared Leto is also on great form as Rayon, especially in the scene where she talks to her estranged father. Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts and Griffin Dunne provide excellent support.
Final thought: Brilliant biopic with amazing performances.