|The Last King of Scotland
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- viewer beware
The beginning of the film states that it is "inspired by" true events, etc. The film makers sure have a loose interpretation of "inspired by." the main character, Dr. Garrigan, Amin's physician, is nearly completely fictional. At the end of the movie, there are statements on screen stating what happens to Amin, but there was nothing about Dr. Garrigan. My husband and I were curious, so we googled. He's a fictious character! Loosely based on an British advisor Amin had, who served 5 years imprisonment for his part in Amin's regime. We felt dooped! It is one thing to watch a movie knowing it is fictionalized, it is another to be made to believe what you are watching are real events.
True, the movie is well acted. And the atrocities Amin commited were a background to the main story, but anything that tells the "inside story" is called into question in my mind because it all revolves around this fictional character...that you are lead to believe is true....more info
- It's THAT good!
It's one of the movies that is getting better every time you watch. Forest Whitaker is great (well, he won the Oscar finally). James McAvoy, in my opinion, steals the show. Let's be honest, the role of Idi Amin is made for the Oscar. The role of Nicholas Garrigan would have been easily shadowed and overpowered by Idi Amin without the great acting. James McAvoy hold himself well and equally against Forest Whitaker. There is certain danger, or bias, when an outsider portrays the so-called third world, even if s/he claims that s/he tried to tell the story from "their" perspective. This movie is not exception although with a lesser degree. It is a very emotional and sometimes violent movie that touches your heart. Enjoy. ...more info
- What the hell happened?
This movie may be a classic, but I never did get what was really happening because I could only understand about one word in three! Everyone has some kind of impenetrable accent. I never could follow the story because I just couldn't understand what anyone was saying- Scottish accents- British accents- Ugandan accents!...more info
- Idi Amin in All His Nastiness and Charm
The Scottish doctor in this film chooses to hero-worship the wrong man--Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator played brilliantly and flamboyantly by Forest Whitaker in an Oscar-winning performance. (Of course Whitaker looks like the monster.) Amin charms and massages the ego of the star-struck physician who is insecure and incredibly na?ve. Graduating from Amin's personal doctor to his trusted advisor, he crosses the line and finds himself entrapped by his libido and his gullibility.
The movie has an air of authenticity that makes you think you are actually in Uganda. It looks and feels very real and believable and gives a picture of Africa that rings true.
Whitaker is extremely credible as the spellbinding leader who is also incredibly nasty to his own people. When the doctor tries to escape from Amin's clutches, he discovers firsthand the brutality of the tyrant. It's a brilliant film which uses the doctor's experience as the crucible to bring Amin's malignant dictatorship home to the viewer.
- Kudos To Everyone Here, Not Just Whitaker
I agree Forest Whitaker was very good as the famous mentally-disturbed leader of Uganda, Idi Amin, back in the 1970s but, despite the Oscar he received as "Best Actor," I thought the best thing about this film was the involving story. Once the co-star of the film, James McAvoy as "Dr.Nicholas Garrigan," became Amin's personal doctor this film, like a good book, became really difficult to put down.
It was a very interesting story which got better and better as it went along. It's also one you won't forget about in a few days. This one stays with you!
In real life, Amin was a brutal man and much more so than he is portrayed in this film. It's a disgrace he was able to live comfortably in exile until 2003. Whitaker's portrayal of the sociopath doesn't touch the surface of the Amin's evilness, but Amin, truth be told, was also a charmer. It's amazing how a little charm can make even a mass murderer look like a nice guy.
In addition to the fine acting performances of Whitaker and McAvoy, I thought the camera-work in here was well above-average, too. This is a nicely-filmed movie, and credit should go to cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. I don't hear much praise going his way but I really liked the visuals in here.
- An utterly hypnotic masterpiece
The Last King Of Scotland is not intended to be a biopic or a dramatized documentary. Although based on real events, this portrait of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is a fictional story set against a painfully real background. Still, what it lacks in factual detail it makes up for with its unnerving sense of reality, its tense (and at times terrifying) plot, and some of the most astounding acting ever filmed. The result is a harrowing tale of power, corruption, greed, the sinister danger that lurks behind charismatic politicians, and the most pitiful lows of human cruelty. At the same time, it's a genuinely engaging and darkly entertaining thriller. The film is full of suspense, with a twisting narrative and some fantastic tension-and-release dynamics.
Now, as to those performances: As you've probably already heard, Forest Whitaker's portrayal of Amin is nothing short of pure genius: Even amid a startlingly capable cast, he manages to steal the show, dripping with charisma, wit, barely suppressed insanity, and a hypnotic sort of megalomania. He fills the screen with dangerous charm and ominous magnetism. The result is an absolutely unforgettable performance. And to think, my first introduction to this guy was when he was hosting the "new, new Twilight Zone!" Playing opposite Whitaker is James McAvoy, who portrays the film's protagonist, the young Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, and he's also fantastic- his performance is dynamic and utterly sympathetic.
This one deserves to go down as an all-time great. You really oughtta see it....more info
- The Truth Would Have Been Interesting
Rather than using a fictionalized version through the eyes of a rather uninteresting (except for the Scottish accent), and utterly naive doctor as his improbable right hand man, why not writer a screenplay based upon Idi Amin's actual life and tailspin into the cliched king whose power and paranoia drives him crazy with bloodlust?
Now, that would have been a film I may have watched to the end - not this one. It fizzled, then left one wanting.
Yes, Forest Whitaker gave a superb performance, but not enough to save this bad screenplay....more info
- Hype was right, Whitaker is downright scary as Amin
Though retired, I don't wish to name any names, so I'm going to be a bit vague. The Ugandan government during the Amin era used equipment my former employer built and serviced. Amin himself used the thing. Though I was not involved in its servicing, I knew well the guys who were. Without exception, these guys would come away from the equipment and say they felt they needed a thorough shower. Indeed, a Ugandan who was trained to service the equipment, and accompanied it stateside, successfully sought asylum, and also worked at my former employer's for a number of years. The stories and "unconfirmed rumors" of what occurred during the Amin years aren't the half of what was apparent given the state of the machine. We're talking bullet holes and blood stains here.
Knowing that, then seeing Forest Whitaker's portrayal will make your skin crawl. Though the story is likely something more akin to a "historical novel", I think it reveals the horrors of Amin even if the details may be a bit dramatized.
Whitaker's performance is well worth the price of admission. You'll be astounded and aghast....more info
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- Amazing Powerful film. Whitaker is astonishing.
A slightly fictionalized story set against the backdrop of one of the more horrific dictatorships in history, "The Last King of Scotland" proves to be a cinematic gem with one of the most outstanding performances in film history.
Forest Whitaker portrays the notorious Ugandan dictator during his rule in the 1970's. To provide a reference angle for that time, the composite character of Nicholas Garrigan (played by Jim McEvoy) is created. Loosely based on several individuals from that time, he is reckless, bored young doctor who travels to Uganda in search of adventure and ends up becoming Idi Amin's personal physician where he is charmed, intoxicated, and eventually terrified by Amin's power. He bears witness Amin's purges of his enemies (real and imagined), his paranoid expulsion of Asian business from the country, and his involvement the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked an Air France passenger jet. While there is certain dramatic license taken with actual events, this film does a masterful job at portraying this monstrous individual.
Whitaker gave his all to perform the role of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He learned Swahili and was able to adopt his West African accent. In addition, he learned all the mannerisms and personality traits of Amin. His transformation was so completely that, for months after filming was completed on this film, Whitaker would still slip into his Idi Amin persona. The result was almost indescribable in its excellence. Whitaker may have been the most deserving winner of the Best Actor Oscar in history.
"The Last King of Scotland" derives its title from Amin's obsession with Scotland. He even offered to be Scotland's King (hence the title), but the offer was understandably rejected. This movie is not a film for the faint of heart. It is unflinching in its portrayals of Amin's atrocities. But, for those who do see it, the power of this portrayal will stay with you long after you leave the theater....more info
- "The First Place You Land, You Go"
Introduction: The '06 drama 'The Last King of Scotland' delivers a stellar performance by Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in a well conceptualized, fictional account of the rise and fall of the Ungandan dictator as played out in a relationship with a visiting young Scottish Doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) who has come to Ugana in search of both purpose and adventure. he found both.
Positives: It was fascinating watching how the charming and charismatic Amin slowly evolves from national savior and hero to murderous madman as seen through the eyes of the na?ve Scotsman. I also appreciated how the film created the presence of violence and horror without actually having all the gratuitous visuals that we see all too frequently.
Negatives: The one drawback for me was the portrayal of Doctor Garrigan. It's not the performance of James McAvoy I'm refering to but the character itself. Garrigan is a self-indulgent, morally weak individual who simply isn't a sympathetic figure. When things start falling about and his life is threated I really didn't care whether he survived his African adventure or not.
I consider the 'The Last King of Scotland' to be a good but not great film. However if nothing else it's worth a watch or two for Whitaker's performance alone....more info
- Forest Whitaker-The King of Acting
This is one of my favourite performances by a male actor in film history. Forest Whitaker is something else. He just totally embodied his character, and he gets so into his craft. He's one of the few actors left with total passion and heart. My favourite scene is when they are at the airport and Forest Whitaker finds out his assistant/doctor is trying to poison him, and had an affair with one of his wives. When he gets in his face and breaks it down to him, it was a classic cinematic moment and brilliant acting. I also love the way "Last King of Scotland" was filmed. All the technical aspects were overlooked by Forest Whitaker's oscar performance. They really made it look like the 70,s. The whole film had that 70's feel. There is also some great music in the movie too....more info
- Utterly outstanding!
This was a brilliant, incredibly powerful movie. The story was skilfully told, showing the rise to power of a ruthless dictator, helping the audience to understand how such a person came to be. Forest's portrayal of Idi Amin showed a character that had many different sides - likable, funny, warm, family oriented, to a man who was paranoid, ruthless, and with a moral center that would bend & twist in the most horrifying ways. Parts of the movie are very difficult to watch and rather shocking, but it shows the depravity that crept in.
Forest Whitaker deserved the Oscar for this role, hands down. His performance was so exquistely perfect, it was like he was channeling, not acting. James McAvoy was a revelation, his performance was also very organic, layered and fascinating. Watching his reactions as Amin descended into virtual madness kept me riveted. As an actor, he is very charming on screen, and his face portrays wonderful subtleties, his eyes communicate volumes.
The movie also provided a good sense of the country, Uganda, and helps the viewer gain insight into a pivotal period of history. Truly an outstanding movie in every possible way.
Rai Aren...more info
- A look at a forgotten chapter in African history
Set in the backdrop of the east African country of Uganda, this is a fictional account of young Doctor Garrigan, a Scot who wishes to escape the promise of a humdrum life in his native country and who travels to Uganda on a whim to do humanitarian work. He arrives just as General Idi Amin Dada takes over the country in a coup, overthrowing a corrupt regime and apparantly replacing it with a populist government. Garrigan becomes Amin's personal physician and slowly begins to get sucked into the madness that overwhelms Uganda as Idi Amin brutally eliminates his enemies, real and imagined, expels the Asians who run the small country's economy and establishes an oppressive regime of his own.
The film certainly captures the look and feel of Africa of that time, with many details you might not notice if you didn't know to look for them. The film does allow itself to reflect unnecessarily graphic violence and nudity, though. One thing I thought was interesting was how such a low-born uneducated man like Amin was able to charm the media, especially during one key TV event, and the answer is obvious: they WANTED to be charmed, they WANTED to be fooled. It is a trend that goes on today.
The addition of actual historical footage at the end of some of the events of Idi's regime was a nice touch. It shows that yes, this really did happen or something awfully close to it....more info
- Excellent performances all around...
Very powerful true story, starring two excellent performances from Forest Whitacker and James McAvoy, as a doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal assistant to the president, who is a brutal tyrant and a ruthless murderer. For Whitacker, this is the role that will be remembered for years to come. At once awkwardly friendly, then vicious at the drop of a hat, he creates a character that is so authentically realized, you forget that he is delivering a performance. SEE IT....more info
- Forest deserved 2 academy awards for his performance.
Edy Amin was so unstable and childish, but he was very charming when he wanted to be or wanted something. He also wielded a lot of power, his army was loyal and would do his bidding. He was a complex leader who's intense paranoia lead to his eventual downfall. Forest nailed the part. Excellent movie, don't miss it. ...more info
- SAD BUT TRUE!!
This movie is one of the strangest, but yet good cause it deals with history.
It shows how a dictatorship gives a single person way to much power.
It also shows me that it doesn't matter the color of your skin, we're all
human and with that kind of power we all would let it go to our head.
I would say this is one of the best movies I've seen whitaker in.
It's to bad so many people died under the rule of this man.
In my opinion if you like historic movies this is a must see.
I rate this DVD a 9 from 1to10!!...more info
- Mr. Whitaker Shines As Idi Amin!
Forest Whitaker really deserved the Oscar for his performance as the evil Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin. I remember the event that brought Idi Amin to the world stage. He reveled in the spot light as the Arab terrorists were allowed, by him, to land their hi-jacked plane in his country.
Initially I was thinking, why are they making this doctor's role so prominent? I concluded that there have been movies about those poor people who wondered if they were going to die at the hands of the terrorists (or Amin's army). In retrospect, this movie shows the viewer about the man Idi Amin. By the time the doctor, Nicholas Garrigan (played by James McAvoy) realizes what a monster this dictator is, it appears to be too late to do anyting except die.
I probably would have given the movie a fifth star, if they didn't put in the side story of a supposed contemplated love affair with a fellow doctor (played by Gillian Anderson) who was there, like he was supposed to be, aiding the hordes of mutilated Ugandan natives.
- amazon lies
why would you say it is available as a download and then whe i go to download it says "unavailable" You guys suck...more info
- Last King of Scotland
Very good story line. This was a very intense film about the times surrounding the Presidency of Idi Amin. I found it to be very entertaining and somewhat educational. There was so much going on in the world at that time that it was very easy to overlook what was happening in a small country like Uganda but it had a large impact on Global History....more info
- Masterful performances let down by a weak ending
1970. Nicholas Garrigan graduates from medical school in Scotland. Unhappy with the idea of joining his father's practice, he instead decides to pick a country at random to go and work in. By chance, the country he picks is Uganda. He arrives whilst the country is rejoicing at the rise to power of the charismatic General Idi Amin Dada. By chance, Garrigan happens to treat the general after he is injured by a bull. Amin, a great fan of the Scottish people, insists on making Garrigan his personal physician. Initially Garrigan enjoys his privileged position and develops a personal friendship with Amin, scorning attempts by British diplomats to recruit him as a spy. However, both internal and international dissatisfaction with Amin's brutal repression of political enemies start to gather steam and Garrigan is caught in the whirlwind as Amin's rule begins to unravel.
The Last King of Scotland is not a true story, although the brutal nature of Amin's rule of Uganda is pretty accurate. Garrigan is a fictional creation (although he is very loosely based on a British soldier who was far more directly complicit with Amin's regime), ably played by James McAvoy, who convincingly portrays a young, callow doctor who rapidly finds himself out of his depth. However, most of the praise for the film centers on Forest Whitaker's stunning portrayal of Amin. In fact, 'portrayal' is wholly inadequate as a term. Whitaker pretty much becomes Amin for the duration of the movie and rightly won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his performance. He nails the contradictory nature of Amin, a man of tremendous charisma who could also snap into a cold-blooded and ruthless murderer in an instant. Gillian Anderson also impresses, although her role is little more than an extended cameo.
The movie overall is mostly impressive, with the optimism and hope of the first half gradually giving way to something much darker and more intense. However, this is accompanied by some problems. The movie takes a turn more for the fantastical towards the ending as Garrigan decides to assassinate Amin, and subsequent events are unconvincing (and extremely gruesome). Also, turning the 1976 Entebbe Airport hostage crisis into a mere backdrop for the finale feels like a bit of a slap in the face to those involved in this very real and dramatic event.
Whitaker's performance is unimpeachable and McAvoy manages to hold his own against him very well, but overall the somewhat muddled ending dilutes the earlier power of the movie. Also, Garrigan - and the viewer - are perhaps too isolated from the horrors of Amin's leadership. The addition of perhaps a secondary plot (maybe using the massively under-used Gillian Anderson character) showing the 'sharp end' of Amin's criminal actions may also have helped to put the sheer evil of this regime into better perspective.
The Last King of Scotland (***?) is an ambitious movie worth seeing for one of the great acting achievements of our time, but it unfortunately comes a bit unstuck towards the end. The film is available now on DVD in the UK and USA. ...more info
- Brave, accurate portrayal of a developing country and leader
The Last King of Scotland (2006) is a work that shows a sincere
belief in human rights and a special courage by the authors, as it
was released only a relatively short time after the underlying
The filming is wide-screen, of standard European quality,
professionally made in all aspects, beyond reproach, except
perhaps the excess musical soundtrack in some moments, and the
folklorish portraying of the populations down there, who erupt in
song and dance spontaneously.
Forest Whitaker, playing Idi Amin, is impeccable and shines,
taking on the persona of the leader. This representation is
accurate and outstanding, with the exception of the more private
moments, suggesting that Idi Amin was sentimental, artistic in his
appreciation and knew how to enjoy himself. This is pure
conjecture, as the real Idi Amin proved to be anyone else than one
keen on pleasures and subtle with opponents.
James McAvoy, as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, gives an honest effort in
this character, yet comes across much too adolescent-like in his
demeanor, such as the hippy-length unkept hair, disorganized, and
sexually promiscuous - all conduct that is anything but that of a
licensed, mature, medical professional - thereby not only taking
away from the credibility of the character, but also, of the
British, as he's the only European in Idi Amin's tight knit social
circle. It also seems unsound to suggest that a MD would have
spontaneous, unprotected relations with girls on a public bus,
when many parts of Africa have AIDS and hepatitis issues.
In the extras of the DVD's, we learn that the MD is a fictional
character, yet this movie attempts to be historically accurate,
artistic liberty having been taken to weave an auto-biographical
tale into this work, upclose to the Idi Admin. That is to say, the
work is outstanding in showing the misconduct of Idi Amin, yet the
fictional aspects may confuse viewers, going forward.
Simon McBurney mixes a comical yet sinister personality as a
combination of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson and the Sex Pistol's
A correct lesson, is that prejudice is eliminated by mingling
different groups and nations, having them work together for a
common purpose, as IDI AMIN did while in a Scottish Regiment,
having instilled into him a deep respect and friendship with
fellow soldiers over a period of time, while their cook, janitor,
and army soldier.
Accurately portrayed, as well, are guerilla factions ready to
erupt and disturb the peace in highly populated areas, disagreeing
with the ones in power, as well as the influence of 10 Downing
Street in all affairs.
The film is impressive in describing, realistically, the
undercurrents of power, rivals, conspirators, guerillas, tanks,
Ak-47 in the streets, the primitive nature of the country-side,
the importance of the merchant classes, the economy, the mass
media, etc. It also shows that IDI AMIN appreciated being advised
on matters, so long as the advice matched his own thoughts and
opinions, the yes men being appreciated.
The tension of the climax, surrounding the Entebbe airline
incident, is effective nonetheless yet contrived....more info
- 4 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
A great story with a tremendous performance by Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland is an incisive look at the white man's role in post-colonial Africa as well as an incredibly involving film....more info
- Good movie, scary turn of events
I bought this movie because Forrest Whitaker is a great actor and I really enjoyed his performance here. Worth the buy....more info
- A must see
The Last King of Scotland is both a showcase of superb acting performances and a taught, suspensful thriller. I highly recommend adding it to your collection.
Few people are familiar with Idi Amin, not one of the 20th Century's more famous dictators, but extremely bloody with an estimated 300,000 Ugandans killed under his regime. Forrest Whittaker deserves his oscar as the paranoid, playful despot capturing the ruthless side but also, most difficult, his playful side. There are superb moments such as when the dictator's eyes light up at the sight of Dr Garrigan's Scotland vest and he impishly declares his son is called Campbell in honour of his love of Scotland.
McAvoy is also superb as Dr Garrigan, a naive and cocksure young Scottish doctor who becomes embroiled in the terror, paranoia and corruption of Amin's regime, and there are masterful support roles, most notably Simon McBurney as the pompous British Foreign Office official who informs the arrogant Garrigan of his mistakes.
The final scenes featuring mutilated cadavers and meat hook torture is not for the faint hearted. But the violence is structurally necessary and not at all gratuitous.
- Whitaker Worthy of HIs Oscar.
Forest Whitaker was simply remarkable as ex-Ugandan thug and dictator Idi Amin. The screenplay was adapted from a novel centered on a fictional character, Nicholas Garrigan, a Scotsman who becomes Amin's personal physician. Two of the great aspects of this movie: Forest Whitaker and the local flavor. Whitaker justly received an Oscar for his performance. Not only does he bear an eerie resemblance to the real Amin, but he manages to create a more nuanced and deeper portrait than one might expect. Amin begins the movie as the new leader of Uganda following a coup. At first, Whitaker shows a gregarious and personable side of Amin with small flashes of his temper. As the story evolves, Whitaker deftly shifts his portrayal to the more paranoid, self-centered and ruthless tyrant.
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....more info
- Should Have Been A Great Film
Forrest Whitaker's mesmerizingly powerful performance as one of the last century's more brutal tyrants was this movie's sole saving grace. Even the presence of James McAvoy, one of my favorite young actors, didn't do much toward salvaging what this motion picture, by its closing act, had become. The Last King of Scotland had a lot of talent behind it and the first half showed that, but the promise of its beginnings was simply annihilated in its muddled second half, which was little less than a cinematic disaster. I can't recall the last time I saw a plot go to pieces quite as badly as was the case here. A very real shame, too! Yes, Whitaker was brilliant, the scenery was impressive, the story of Idi Amin was ripe for telling, but this almost totally fictionalized would-be bio-pic was a letdown of major proportions....more info
- The Last King of Scotland
While Nicholas Garrigan never existed, he was the sum of several people who were close to Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker was both charming and terrifying as Amin. James McAvoy, an up and coming actor was good with the character that was given him. He was much better in the later half of the movie when it became apparent that he was no longer the trusted advisor, but a target of the man who claimed to be the father of his people and who claimed to love Garrigan. McAvoy shines in his latest roles in Becoming Jane and Wanted. Whitaker deserved the Oscar he garnered....more info
- A truly dazzling look at a fictional truth...
`The Last King of Scotland' opens almost childishly, kind of amateurish, as if it was going to make light of a very serious subject. Almost immediately though it shifts gears and begins its gradual decline into darker waters, submersing the audience in the stirring madness that was the reign of Idi Amin. Told through the eyes of fictitious character Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, `The Last King of Scotland' attempts to give the audience a ringside seat to the tragic events surrounding Amin's rise to power; and for the most part it succeeds very well.
One must remember that this is not a true story. It is a fictitious account of historical events. You can liken it to `Titanic', for it is a fictional story woven around a foundation of actual events.
The film opens with Scottish Doctor Nicholas Garrigan making his way to Uganda to help care for the sick villagers but is soon persuaded by the power behind Idi Amin (who has a soft spot for the Scottish) to leave his original plans and become Amin's personal physician. This decision proved to be devastating for Garrigan, but that realization would come at a time that was almost too late for him. As Garrigan becomes more knowledgeable of the truth behind Amin's reign, his initial admiration turns to disgust as he realizes the weight of the situation he now finds himself. Garrigan finds himself acquainted with those in Amin's circle, including one of his wives named Kay with whom he starts a very dangerous relationship.
The film is strengthened by the phenomenal performances by the two male leads, both Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy delivering career best performances. Whitaker delves into the real man that is Idi Amin, the brutality festering beneath his surface always showing through in his eyes. (His performance reminds me a bit of Yul Brenner's Oscar winning performance in `The King and I', a portrayal of a man savage by nature who tries to justify his actions with a fa?ade of kindness. Yes, they are two different people in the end, but he similarities are obvious.) His performance garnered him award after award (a sweep to be exact) and finally got him recognized among his peers. His performance is extraordinary, but to be honest he is not as good as McAvoy who fleshes out Garrigan with expert precision, creating a character who is complete and real. As Whitaker slips Amin into savagery, McAvoy is slowing peeling away Garrigan's sanity to unveil a man scarred by his surroundings and paralyzed by his newfound predicament.
I was a little let down by Kerry Washington, not because her performance was lacking (it was quick good) but because the script didn't allow her to become someone truly real to us. The film was so focused on Garrigan's relationship with Amin that it didn't take a few moments to really flesh out his relationship with Kay, and if it had then her performance would have seemed richer. That is really the only fault I have with the script also, that it fails to fully invest itself in the entirety of Garrigan's surroundings, targeting his interactions with Amin and allowing the rest of the events around him to become mere side-points. The film is not particularly long so it could have benefited from a few more minutes added to flesh out the entire plot.
But, that is really just a small issue, not anything that should detract anyone from seeing this film.
The final moments in `The Last King of Scotland' literally took my breath away (and single-handedly landed Whitaker his Oscar, when if the Academy would look at the less showy performance in the same scene they may have made a different choice). It is in those moments that the entire film comes to a traumatic and emotionally rooted climax. Many will see this film for Whitaker's lauded performance (as did I) but what you will find is a diamond in the rough; a truly outstanding fictional biopic that tantalizes every one of our senses....more info
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Very good service. The disc was excellent. The price was right and I would buy again from the seller. Thank you....more info