Saturday, March 1, 2014
Dallas Buyers Club
*This film is nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture.*
On the road to the 86th Academy Awards (which, at the time of this writing, is tomorrow night), I, just in the nick of time, got to watch one of the front runners this year for pretty much all the awards it is nominated for.
At first, Dallas Buyers Club is hard to watch. This is mostly because we are used to seeing Matthew McConaughey as a strapping, muscular, very healthy man. However, for this role, he literally put his life on the line to play AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, an electrician who is diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given thirty days to live. I think by now, we have all seen the infamous pictures of him during the film shoot, or by now you have seen the actual movie. He is difficult to watch when starting the 1 hour and 58 minute long movie because you are looking at a McConaughey who has lost 35 to 40 pounds. Last year, I did an Entertainer Profile on Matthew McConaughey mostly because of his stellar 2012 performances, then came Dallas Buyers Club, which he has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor and is frontrunner for the Best Actor Academy Award tomorrow night. I ended that profile with this line, "From what I have read though, we can expect the same level of tour-de-force versatility in the near future and I say bring it on Matthew." Little did I know that this was coming to our screens, this life changing, mind-altering, up lifting portrayal that can only be described as cinematic ecstasy.
Then there was Jared Leto, who, in my personal opinion, took six years off from acting because he wanted to come back with a splash. His portrayal of Rayon, the transgender HIV postitive woman Woodruff meets in the hospital, Leto landed with a continent covering tsunami. I wish I could be in Los Angeles tomorrow to hand him the Best Supporting Actor award.
These were not only the performances of their careers, Leto and McConaughey give the performances that could span several careers.
The movie is good, no it's great. Once you get past the shock of watching these two men in a whole other, and much thinner, light, you see this beautiful story emerge. This film is a powerful look at living, dying, and all the shit we have to put up with trying to accomplish one and not the other.
Thank you and see you at the next blog.