The Last King of Scotland (Full Screen Edition)
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A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world
As the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives an unforgettable performance in The Last King of Scotland. Powerfully illustrating the terrible truth that absolute power corrupts absolutely, this fictionalized chronicle of Amin's rise and fall is based on the acclaimed novel by Giles Foden, in which Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His outsider's perspective causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power, but as the story progresses--and as Whitaker's award-worthy performance grows increasingly monstrous--The Last King of Scotland turns into a pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. As Whitaker plays him, Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive--sometimes in the same breath--and McAvoy effectively conveys the tragic cost of his character's naiveté, which grows increasingly prone to exploitation. As directed by Kevin Macdonald (who made the riveting semi-documentary Into the Void), this potent cautionary tale my prompt some viewers to check out Barbet Schroeder's equally revealing documentary General Idi Amin Dada, an essential source for much of this film's authentic detail. --Jeff Shannon
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Another fantastic aspect of the movie was the choice to film this movie on location in Uganda. While I can't say that I would have noticed if the film was shot in another African country, but I can say the local casting and scenery were superb.
While I thought James McAvoy delivered a strong performance as Garrigan, my biggest critique of the movie was ths screenplay. I thought certain parts of the screenplay and various aspects of McAvoy's character were poorly written. For instance, at the outset of the movie, McAvoy comes across as incredibly naive and ill-informed about the turmoil taking place in Uganda, or for that part most of post-colonial Africa at that time. Additionally, some of the elements of the plot were a bit trite and predictable. While clearly done for dramatic purposes, they were a little too expected, especially the final 15 minutes.
In spite of my few criticisms, this is an incredibly solid movie and contains one of the best performances in recent memory. It is well worth seeing and enjoying.
Idi Amin starts off not just as a character you like but one that you love. If you aren't familiar with the history of Uganda, the movie is even better. You see exactly how power can corrupt and by the end of the movie you see him turn into a character you hate.
The movie admittently is not a true story. It is the rise and fall of Idi Amin as told by a fictional doctor that never existed: that being said, much of the story is true even down to Amin believing he knew exactly how he would die as it was shown to him in a vision.
James McAvoy is the young doctor in the movie. And as he has proven time and again, he is a strong actor. Forest Whitaker is every bit Idi Amin, gaining weight and perfecting an African accent for the part. He studied Amin to even capture manurisms. He did his homework on top of being a great actor. It is impressive to day the very least. It is so well acted that you will forget it is an actor.
Some movies you watch, are entertained, and forget about 75% within three days. This isn't that movie. This movie you remember for a lifetime and makes you want to know more about what really happened.
Those old enough to remember well know both the snickers (Amin's full self-bestowed title was "His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC,[Victorious Cross, made to look like a British medal] DSO, MC [Military Cross], Conqueror of the British Empire,in General, and of Uganda, in Particular;" he also occasionally called himself "King of Scotland", hence the title)and terror Amin's character instilled . This film does a brilliant job of capturing this, mostly due to Forrest Whitaker's portrayal, and his interaction with James McAvoy (Garrigan). There is a moment at the beginning of each of their discussions when one isn't sure if we will see Amin, the jolly, gregarious "good father"; or Amin, the roaring, wrathful dragon....the "evil father," and one's stomach sinks, praying for Garrigan's sake we'll see the former.
Not that Garrigan is a character who seems to deserve such prayer. After coming to Uganda on a whim, he leaves the badly underserved health clinic he's committed two years to in the lurch to serve Amin (as McAvoy explains in the extra on the DVD, to the wet-behind-the-ears doctor, Amin's audacious praise, and promise of comeraderie and confidences are too much for him to resist.) He is insulting to the British emmisary, then expects immediate help from him once Amin's jaws start to clamp down on him. He knowingly puts himself and others at risk of death. But most glaringly, his notice of the atrocities toward the Ugandan people, which start to become harder and harder to ignore, seems until the very end to be limited to how they affect him.
Garrigan is a fictional character, but he serves as a mirror that allows us to see Amin in ways a simple biopic may not have been able to. Moreover, perhaps in Garrigan, director Kevin MacDonald (and novel writer Giles Foden)wanted to remind us how the world itself turned away from Uganda during the Amin years, worrying only until things affected us.
A special film not only for its important subject matter, but the acting, photography, and the beautiful Ugandan scenery (filmed almost entirely on location).