REVIEW: Matthew McConaughey Delivers The Performance Of His Career In ‘White Boy Rick’

David Hookstead | Reporter

Matthew McConaughey might have turned in the greatest performance of his career in “White Boy Rick.”

I had the opportunity to watch the film this past weekend, and it didn’t disappoint. The highly-anticipated drama tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., who rose to prominence in Detroit as a drug kingpin as a teenager.

I expected a lot of “Wolf of Wall Street” vibes in this movie, but that’s not what it’s like at all. It’s not even close.

McConaughey players Wershe Sr., and it’s a defining role in his career. He’s arguably one of the worst fathers to ever live, and yet, I found myself sympathetic toward him. The man just had so much optimism in the face of absolutely nothing going his way. It was heartbreaking to watch his family fall apart as his son became one of the most noted drug lords since 1980s. (RELATED: Matthew McConaughey’s New Movie Looks Incredible. Here’s What You Need To Know)

I’m not going to spoil any details as to how Wershe Jr. got into the drug game, but it’s incredibly infuriating and depressing.

McConaughey has been rising into legendary status ever since “True Detective” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Well, he’s cemented that status with this film. His performance will leave you shaken, it will leave you angry, it will leave you on the edge of your seat and it will have you feeling like he might be hands down the best actor in the game right now.

This movie is dark and depressing. I don’t want anybody to read this and walk away with the illusion that this is an uplifting movie. It’s certainly not. Having said that, I think you should check it out.

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