Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club: Can You Buy in?

Twenty years ago, the quintessential AIDS movie hit the big screens. Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, revealed the heartbreak and injustice experienced by those who were dying from this brutal disease.

Since then, other movies and Broadway shows have brought the tragic truth about this killer disease to those lucky enough to be unaffected.

Now, the question is, do we need another AIDS movie, especially since drug regimens have changed the landscape for those who are now living with, as opposed to dying from, the disease.

Enter an emaciated Matthew McConaughey as a straight dude who's HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. A tough guy, infected by a dirty needle, he's not about to give up.

The year is 1985 and he's willing to fight the establishment to save his life. Along the way, he's befriended by a lovable transvestite (Jared Leto in an Oscar-worthy performance) and the Dallas Buyers Club comes to life.

The Movie Slut thinks this film, while not too little, might be too late. Still, she was mesmerized by the incredible performances. 

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