Friday, November 15, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club
Three years ago I would never have guessed I'd say this, but Matthew McConaughey has become one of the best actors working today, with an extremely impressive seven movie run where he is the best part of each film. In 2011 he starred in the entertaining legal thriller 'The Lincoln Lawyer'. In 2012 he delivered four unique and memorable performances in 'Bernie', 'Magic Mike', 'Killer Joe', and 'The Paperboy'. And in 2013 he started the year off with rave reviews in 'Mud'. But it's 'Dallas Buyers Club' that's going to secure his place in the Oscar race. He lost so much weight for the role, playing an early victim of HIV in the mid 80's, that he's almost unrecognizable. McConaughey doesn't just act, but rather completely embodies this character, based on a real person, and portrays his unbelievable arc in such a believable way. As is the case with most of the Oscar bait films released this time of year, it's not an easy watch. In fact, when it started out and I realized what it was about, I really wasn't in the mood. But it won me over big time. And McConaughey may just get my vote for Best Actor for the Critics Choice Movie Awards. That's going to be a tough category.