I won’t lie. The circumstances I saw Dallas Buyers Club in weren’t… ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to see it, the people I was with were amazing, but, to be fair, I feel like I owe them all an apology!
You see, I was meeting up with this incredible group of women (who I work with from time to time) for our Christmas party. We met at the theater bar, had a (few) glass(es) of wine, did a gift exchange and right when we were supposed to go into our super sappy rom-com we found out it was sold out! While rolling over our options some one just so happened to mention Dallas Buyers Club, someone else said they heard it was good and I, perhaps with too much exuberance, proclaimed that I had heard the same and been wanting to see it… poor move. Without further questioning the tickets were purchased. I had a glass and a half of wine under my belt without having had dinner… so frankly I didn’t think twice about what we were walking into with our arm loads of goodies and popcorn in hand.
… do you know what Dallas Buyers Club is about? Have you seen any unbelievable photos of Matthew McConaughey looking gaunt? What about Jared Leto’s insane skeletal form? Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but (spoiler alert), this movie is based on a true story about the AIDS epidemic and a man who was given six months to live. Talk about sobering! Let’s just say we all walked out of the theater going- “merry christmas?”
Don’t get me wrong, it was incredible, however, if I could do it over again I would have suggested we go see something a bit… lighter… like Frozen perhaps…
That being said, the film was indeed amazing, go see it. Mathew McConaughey is fantastic and his character some how managed to really stick to my ribs. There is a moment where he looks into Jennifer Garners eyes and says something along the lines of, “well I only have one life to live right? So I’m gunna live it…Sometimes though, I just wish I could live someone else’s.” Brutal right? How many times do we wish we could live someone elses life? How many times (in a day even) do we think, damn, I want to be anyone but me right now? (What can I say? Wisdom from a dieing man will convict even the most jaded heart.) I will let you mull that over…
As much as I want to take back my enthusiastic suggestion to see this movie, I can’t regret it. It makes for a great story… just not a very festive one.