Monday, November 4, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey continues to reaffirm his status as the best working actor in Hollywood, filling in the gaps in Craig Borten's and Melisa Wallack's fairly thin script for "Dallas Buyers Club," about Ron Woodroof, a homophobic electrician diagnosed with HIV after blacking out on the job.

Big Pharma's and the FAA's deliberate slowness in manufacturing and approving needed drugs was more rigorously depicted in the recent documentary "Fire in the Blood" (here, it's one man against the world), and sweet-faced Jennifer Garner can only do so much with her underwritten character, a sympathetic doctor, but Griffin Dunne brings an effective seen-it-all jadedness to a de-licensed doctor now operating out of Mexico, and I hope the film marks the return of Jared Leto. He too deserves Oscar consideration as Rayon, the transvestite Ron meets at hospital and partners up with, his entrée into Dallas' sizable gay community. A lot of people view humor as a bonus in a movie such as this, but it's essential; we connect to the three leads through their sharp and witty byplay, as when Rayon tells Ron, "Honey, anyone who plays cards like you do doesn't have five thousand dollars."

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