In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
Like I said in my review of ‘Mud’, the resurgence of Matthew McConaughey has been the best part of 2013 cinema, and he’s probably best part of this movie.
McConaughey made a huge transformation for this movie. And it’s not just ‘he’s lost a lot of weight so he must be good’, he really is awesome in this film. Without being too pretentious, he has a deep compassion and fearlessness that we rarely see from Hollywood actors. He also has this wonderful chemistry with Jared Leto, who is scary good in this movie. Honestly, Leto must be the most talented guy on the planet.
The plot is solid, here, and the background noise is the most important. It’s not really about a man dying of aids, but more of the discovery that in the 80’s stuff wasn’t really right. That’s whats most interesting, but it’s also what harms this film. There isn’t close to enough power moments, or things that make you excited about this movie. Yes, it’s heartwarming and heartbreaking, but there needs to be more Ron Woodroof speeches and quick witted writing.
It’s a film backed by the performances and layered story rather than its ‘oomph’. And it really does have great performances, even Jennifer Garner is good, and has one of the best moments in the film. The story is also filled up with empathy and thought, which is a nice change.
Lacking that power factor, this film has wonderful performances and a deep narrative. – 4.5/5
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