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Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writers: Craig Borten (screenplay), Melisa Wallack (screenplay)
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
This is typically not a movie that I would have wanted to see or even cared about seeing. However, I sat down and watched it with my lady since she wanted to see it. I must say it was a pleasant surprise. When I first saw the trailer like I said it didn’t interest me. I just knew it was Matthew McConaughey (Ron Woodruff) playing a patient that had contracted the AIDS virus. My natural thought was that it was just going to be his sad struggle dealing with his new found sickness.
Thats not “Totally” what it was. The movie turned into drug smuggling and standing up against the government and healthcare and some of their practices. It kind of opened your eyes to some of the things that Im sure still goes on. This movie took place in the 80’s where the disease was relatively new at that time. It was kind of funny seeing some of the misconceptions and stereotypes were back then. Mainly because I remember them, Im not being cold when I say this. The movie did have humor.
It was also cool to see Billy go from a drug using nobody, to becoming a self educated businessman that was fighting for a just cause and his life at the same time. I also found humor seeing how Ron, a typical “Man’s Man” reacted in certain situations. He had to deal with the homosexual community because that was his biggest clientele.
It was also amazing how small McConaughey got for this part. He really looked sick…This is also based on a true story.