Thursday, January 30, 2014
1959 - Dallas Buyer's Club
When I normally think about Matthew McConaughey I picture him on a poster with his shirt off. So this is quite the change for me, and a welcome one at that. I haven't gotten into True Detective yet, so this next stage McCanaughey is a breath of fresh air. His character storms into the movie in such a great way - he's such a perfect prick and has one of the best character arcs an actor can ask for in a film. For those who don't know, this film takes place that the height of the AIDS crisis. It's about a straight man (homophobic) who comes down with the virus, and in an effort to save himself, becomes a savior for a lot of other people.
Jared Leto gives one of my favorite performances of his, and the two make a terrific pair. I have to admit that I caught this on a whim because I had time to see something and picked between it and some other Oscar contenders - and I'm glad I did. It's still in the theatres. I don't think it's a Best Picture film, but the acting nod could easily go to Matthew for this one.