Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn, Kevin Rankin
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallee
Synopsis: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he himself is diagnosed with the disease.
I hate to sound like a broken record, and my wife did indeed raise her eyebrows about watching this movie, but Matthew McConaughey proves beyond doubt that he is currently one of the key players in Hollywood at the moment. This is a performance that has Oscar written all over it. Not only did he lose an inordinate amount of weight to play the character of Woodroof, but he couples his physical transformation with some quality acting too. He is angry, funny, emotional, confrontational and a whole host of other things, and he owns the movie.
The movie is based on true events, although I knew nothing about the events going into the film, other than the synopsis I had read. It sounds like it’s going to be a bit of a slog, but it’s far from that, thanks to the acting chops of McConaughey as well as co stars Leto (makes a very convincing woman!) and Garner in particular.
It’s great to see Woodroof transform himself from a drink and drug loving homophobic good ol’ boy into a one man crusade against the pharmaceutical giants. You go from thinking he’s an asshole, to feeling sorry for him, to rooting for him by the end of the film.
The best thing about this film is that no one can slate me for having a man crush on McConaughey now, because I think he is amazing in this and there isn’t a set of abs in sight!