Reviews and Problems with The Last King Of Scotland
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Movie overall 7
The Last King of Scotland
17 October 2013
Excerpt: "As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives 'one of the greatest performances of modern movie history' (Wall Street Journal), one that the Associated Press calls 'nothing short of Oscar® worthy.' This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture - Amin even proclaims himself "The Last...
Excerpt: With a masterfully skewed twist on "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," this historical biopic is notable not only for Forest Whitaker's amazing portrayal of Idi Amin, but also for the brilliant writing and an impressive performance by James McAvoy.
Excerpt: tells the story of a young Scottish doctor named Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) who, after finishing school, heads off to Uganda where he starts work at a missionary lead by run by Dr. David Merritt (Adam Kotz) and his wife Sarah (Gillian Anderson). While out on a trip one afternoon, Nicholas gets roped into giving medical attention to Uganda’s newest leader, General Idi Amin Dada, and the man takes an instant liking to him.
Excerpt: This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture - Amin even proclaims himself "The Last King Of Scotland". Seduced by Amin's charisma and blinded by decadence, Garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape.
Conclusion: I liked this movie when it first came out, and it’s still a decent film. If you’re a Blu-ray enthusiast, this is a bit of a let down, but still worth a rent for Whitaker’s performance alone.
Summary: Is there some kind of rule that says that all dictators, along with being charismatic and power- hungry, have to have at least one unexpected, particularly idiosyncratic interest and/or a bizarre taste in fashion? Think Colonel Gaddafi and his wacko, Michael Jackson-esque outfits, Kim Jong-Il's love of Britney Spears, Saddam Hussein's romance novels and gold-plated assault rifles, or former Burmese leader Ne Win, who changed the country's currency so that all bills would...
Excerpt: Nicholas (James McAvoy) is a doctor who comes from a privileged background, a man who could live in the comfortable lap of luxury and have few worries in life. But Nicholas isn’t content to be a doctor to the wealthy and spend his nights in high class society, instead he wants to put his skills to better use. He decides to join up with some medical volunteers in Uganda, where he can use his medical abilities for a greater good.
Conclusion: In The Last King of Scotland we see the rise of the crazy and frightening Idi Amin in his local Uganda from the vantage point of visitor Nicholas Garrigan (McAvoy), a doctor, freshly qualified from his schooling and upbringing in Scotland, a young white man seeking excitement, adventure and experience by volunteering his medical services to the poverty-stricken in Africa.