Ron Woodroof is a swearin’, boot-wearin’, sex-crazed Texas cowboy, as straight as the whiskey he chugs from the bottle.
Which makes his AIDS diagnosis in 1986 perplexing.
How, he asks himself, can this disease thought to be the exclusive property of “faggots” and needle-pushers be handing him a death sentence?
Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, searches for the answers in Dallas Buyers Club.
Given 30 days to live, Woodroof, sets off on a journey that is equal parts survival and discovery.
He comes to grips with his affliction and homophobia and does something his government won’t do — fight for a way to ease the suffering of those who are ill.
McConaughey, who reportedly dropped 30 pounds for the role, is POW-thin as Woodroof. But as hard as he is to look at, he is just as hard to turn away from, giving the performance of his career.
Dallas Buyers Club is a snapshot of humanity in the face of horror.
It also is one of the best movies of the year.