Heyyaa people! Sorry it’s been a really long time since I posted something here. I was on vacation!! Good to be back though, I’ve watched plenty of huge movies during my holidays and now it’s time to tell you what I think. Let’s start with this one which I’ve watched like 3 weeks ago (oops). It was an early movie preview in a premium cinema so I reckon what I have to say might still be valuable for someone out there (ehem).
The story of this movie is about Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), a drug-taking, rude, homophobic man. In fact, he is the kind of man I can never get to know, the kind that I never like (the arrogance, the filthy vocabs), who knew one day I would learn about his story and tear up over it (seriously)?
Dallas Buyers Club is an award-winning movie. The Golden Globe, The SAG Awards, and it’s nominated for 6 categories in the upcoming Academy Awards. This is a serious movie, the actors’ performance alone can tell you that. But what I like most is, the story is based on a real life event of a real person, facing a real problem. There is no “the hero can do whatever he wants” crap. As an audience I feel just as struggling as the character because there isn’t right or wrong in decisions that you make, and there are people you don’t know whether are friendly or not.
I started the movie off with a slightly disgusted impression for the main character. Ron Woodroof was a shallow man. Worked as an electrician for living, he spent most of his time drinking, taking drugs, banging whores and swearing. I didn’t like this guy much honestly, but people use to say: you hate because you don’t understand. I guess they are quite right after all. When I wasn’t quite impressed by the image of Ron, and thought that this was just a story about a person that I felt ill-disposed towards, a portrayal of a man’s unfortunate life; I ended up surprised by how I was moved by the story and the character.
Despite how the friends of Woodroof in real life denied it, the movie portrayed him as a man who hated gay people. This creates quite an ironic tension in the movie when Ron was told that he got AIDS. His friends kept their distances from him when they learnt about the fact and all of the sudden, his world changed.
He slowly realized later that people who helped him from his pain, were actually people he used to discriminate. But Ron wasn’t a hero at first, he didn’t just decide to save people. All he tried to do was to save himself. While realizing that the ‘official drug’ wasn’t the cure, he accidentally stumbled on an illegal doctor in Mexico who has medications to ease the symptoms. He saw the business opportunity and therefore founded the Dallas Buyers Club, smuggling medicines into the country. The longer he was into the business, the more he saw the flaws and unfairness of politics towards medical treatments. He ended up battling against the authority, fighting for the rights of the AIDS patients.
Being a hero doesn’t require super ability. It takes small steps, a strong heart, and a kind intention. This is what I learnt from the once ruthless man, Ron Woodroof. Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? RIP.
Conclusion: a 4.5 star movie, watch it alone if you can, this isn’t something you watch for fun in a group.