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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Director:
Kevin Macdonald
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Drama/Historical
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Last King of Scotland
RUNNING TIME
121 minutes
Producer:
Lisa Bryer
Andrea Calderwood
Christine Rupert
Charles Steel
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Giles Foden):
Jeremy Brock
Peter Morgan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Idi Amin Forest Whitaker
Nicholas Garrigan James McAvoy
Kay Amin Kerry Washington
Sarah Merrit Gillian Anderson
Nigel Stone Simon McBurney
Dr. Junju David Oyelowo

 

Review

Award-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald's account of the reign of Idi Amin and his relationship with fictional Scottish physician Nicholas Garrigan is an audacious mixture of fact and fiction helmed by Forest Whitaker's explosive performance in the title role. At its best, The Last King of Scotland is both harrowing and beautiful. The direction is incredibly stylish, and the characterizations and acting likewise. Still, the writing can't help but come off a wee bit plotted and convenient. We get the compulsory romance and the cliffhanger escape that unfortunately don't improve the film's integrity. I think Macdonald will feel his latter part didn't do the first justice. Even so, Whitaker's potency, McAvoy's talent, and some delicate touches from Macdonald make this an important peak at the infamous dictator. With a little more matter-of-factness, the film might also have been an important document.

Copyright 4.2.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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