The movie is a bio-pic based on the life of Ron Woodroof which was portrayed brilliantly by Mathew Mc Conaughey. I saw Mathew in Wolf of Wall Street, How to lose a guy in 10 days, Fool’s gold etc and was puzzled by this sudden fervor of him at Oscars, but boy! was I taken for an exhilarating emotional ride when he embodied the character of Ron for this movie. The despicable homphobic crook when diagnosed with AIDS responds with denial. It is only after heavy abusal of drugs and drinking lands him in hospital again with only 30 days to love, that he realizes that he needs to do some thing about this situation. He starts procuring AZT, by bribing the hospital staff. When the staff cannot procure the drug anymore, he goes to mexico to get the drug. He breaks down in the car on his way and we see a scared individual who wants to live and it is at this point that we start rooting for him. From this point onwards, it is a constant struggle between Woodroof and the FDA, his own phobias and his disease. He accepts Rayon, a homosexual as his business partner and starts Dallas Buyers Club. A club that starts out for profit and ends up doing more good than honest organizations with good intentions. We only realize this when Woodroof is offered a house free of cost to set up his office or when Rayon sells his insurance to procure money. The change in Woodroof ‘s character is gradual and Rayon comes as a breeze of comedy to the movie’s otherwise monotonous screenplay. The movie makes us invest so much in to these characters, even though knowing that they will have abrupt endings.
What I particularly liked is the non-judgemental portrayal of the story. We can’t say whether Ron was a crook, a fighter, a businessman or a philanthropist. He assumed different roles at different points of times in his life and the director’s effort comes through the fact that the movie watcher remains nonchalant to the kind of person Ron is and just appreciates the story.