I love stories in whatever form they are delivered and I especially liked Dallas Buyers Club. This is a biographical drama based on the life of rodeo cowboy, electrician, and hustler Ron Woodroof who is diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given 30 days to live. As a human being, Ron Woodroof doesn't have many endearing qualities, but when faced with a death sentence, he finally gets a slap in the face that gets his attention. Actor Matthew McConaughey has done an excellent job of portraying this character's frailty, determination, and evolution into a higher self. Finding himself ostracized by his friends and with no access to effective medicines, Ron takes matters into his own hands by seeking alternative treatments, smuggling unapproved drugs, and by founding the Dallas Buyers Club to sell medications to those who couldn't wait for the medical establishment to provide help. It's interesting to see the transformation of a completely unappealing character into someone who takes on the medical establishment and pharmaceutical industry to help himself and others.
I think you'll enjoy this movie. McConaughey does an excellent job in this role. In fact it looks like he nearly starved himself to death to portray the ravages of HIV. What I find most appealing about this movie is the evolution of character. Life can deal a hard blow, but instead of laying down and accepting it, a character who fights back can transform his life and the lives of others. Go see it.
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