DVD review: McConaughey and Leto bring passion to ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Published: February 5, 2014 08:46AM
Updated: February 4, 2014 08:58PM
Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who confronts Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner) as he defies the medical industry in 1986 to seek alternative AIDS treatments, in "Dallas Buyers Club." Courtesy of Focus Features

Grade • B

DVD • It’s a reasonable bet that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto will walk away from the Dolby Theatre next month with Oscar statuettes in their fists, and after watching “Dallas Buyers Club,” it’s hard to argue against that outcome.

McConaughey gives a fiery performance as Ron Woodroof, a womanizing Texas good-ol’-boy who learns he has AIDS, which in 1987 is practically a death sentence.

Woodroof doesn’t know when to quit, so he seeks out medicines not approved by the FDA, and starts a “club” to get those drugs to other AIDS patients — aided by Lorelei (played by Leto), a transgender woman who knows the territory.

The plotting and emotional uplift of director Jean-Marc Vallee’s based-on-a-true-story narrative is predictable, but McConaughey and Leto bring humanity and passion to the exercise.