Monday, July 16, 2007

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Even though this is through the fictitious character of the personal physician-which Amin did have white physicians-it does a good job creating the character of Idi Amin and his paranoia. Forest Whitaker plays his role to the best and even if the directors were not more than luke warm with him at first they quickly learned his ability in this role. The bonus material was a pleasure to watch and brought out that Whitaker got so much into his role that he was taking on the traits of Amin even off camera. This was especially important for me to watch this after studying this country for my classes.

So thumbs up.

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