Sunday, January 26, 2014

10 thoughts on...Dallas Buyers Club

  1. This is the type of film that Hollywood does well; a handsomely crafted film celebrating the real (and extraordinary) events that would otherwise be seen as sentimental, heavy-handed and unbelievable.
  2. Jared Leto deserves to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
  3. I can't imagine how frightening it must have been for those unfortunate enough to have contracted HIV during this period.
  4. The film could have gone into more detail about the reasons why there was such a control over the drugs, in a similar style to The Constant Gardner. I would have liked to see the story unfold as Ron versus the system, rather than Ron simply fighting for his and other people's lives. Or perhaps that is unsentimental of me to suggest...
  5. ...Although it may have helped give the film a stronger third act, as it does lose its way in the final 15-20 minutes. There must have been a decision to go with a low key ending, celebrating in a quiet way this man and the influence his work had. Which is a shame as the rest of the film is impressively epic in its portrayal without being overly worthy in tone.
  6. Jennifer Garner always comes across as one of the loveliest women you could ever meet.
  7. Matthew McConaughey is as impressive as you would expect him to be from his work over the last few years. And I won't begrudge him if he is to win the Oscar (but my vote would go with Leonardo DiCaprio or Chiwetel Ejiofer).
  8. Jean-Marc Vallee hasn't been getting much attention during the awards season, but his work here is solid. After this, The Young Victoria and C.R.A.Z.Y. he is definitely a director I'll be watching out for.
  9. Remember when Steve Zahn was going to be a star?
  10. I hope this continues to be watched by a large audience.

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