I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year. I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie. I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
I'm very open minded, so the subject matter didn't bother me at all, I still wanted to watch it. I think that it is always a good time for topics that highlight discrimination and how we treat people who are "different" as if they are pariahs. The main character was diagnosed with AIDS at a time when people thought you only got it from gay sex and that it was contagious just from being around people with the virus.
Matthew McConaughey's character is pretty gruff and unlikeable, but he has a good heart and decides to help people instead of wallowing in misery. McConaughey lost a ton of weight for the role, which usually gives an actor an Oscar nod for that alone. Jared Leto plays a trans(gender?) woman. He does a phenomenal job- I almost didn't recognize him. He's received some backlash from the trans community because they didn't like that a heterosexual man was cast in the part. I think that's ridiculous. He didn't write the script and he didn't hold a gun to anyone's head to get the part. He just played the part he earned as it was thought that he had the range to play the part. Should we be offended that Peter Pan was often played by a woman on stage? GET OVER IT. It's not an insult to the LGBT community (whom I support fully.)
Anyway, back to my thoughts on the movie. It was very "meh." I found it very boring. Yes, it was poignant in how cruel people can be to someone with something they don't understand. Like I mentioned, I found M.M.'s character to be not that likeable and crass.
Did I hate it? No. Would I watch it again? No.