The Last King of Scotland
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Brutal look at the consequences of absolute power. No kids.
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Fresh: See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 13, 2006
Fresh: Mr. Whitaker and Mr. McAvoy head a first-rate cast that helps The Last King of Scotland to illuminate one of the many dark chapters in recent African history.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Fresh: Rare is the actor who can accomplish an instant transformation from beast to buddy, but Whitaker makes it look easy.
- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, October 12, 2006
Even though it was an oscar winning movie, it still doesn't get enough praise for the right reasons. Forest Whitaker is very breathtaking in his role as Idi Amin, but I feel that James McAvoy turned in the better performance and really became overshadowed for no reason. The look of the movie is beautiful and a surreal look at Uganda. The story is well written and a unique way to tell the story of a presidential reign.
- ythelastman89, Friday, June 4, 2010
People should not think this is a Idi Amin biography, he is a main character, but the story is told from the point of view of his doctor, a Scottish hotshot who loves women a little too much for his own good. And therein lies the problem of the film, Dr. Garrigan is not as likable as he should be. It takes a while for him to realize what country and mess he has gotten himself into and up until that point, the movie is a tad too friendly and harmless. The second half more than makes up for it, as the noose tightens around the protagonist's neck things are getting really exciting. That's when Whitaker starts to shine the most as well, giving a terrific performance as Ugandan dictator.
- ironclad1609, Monday, April 5, 2010