Written November 18, 2008
Just finished watching this movie. McEvoy is gritty and wonderful as the rather innocent young doctor, but Whitaker is truly frightening. I found myself sinking back into my chair during his truly intimidating moments! A well deserved Oscar for the portrayal of a truly brutal misguided man. I'm very pleased he died in exile!
One line in that movie will stay in my mind.."I'm sick of the hatred" watch for that. An ugly movie in many ways, but one to be seen by everyone.
Written January 02, 2009
I 100% loved his movie. "The last king of Scotland" comes complete with Fantastic acting by an Excellent cast, and an intriguing plot. It is centered around Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, a young man fresh out of med school who, after a chance spinning of a globe, travels to Uganda to work in a Missionary clinic. After a chance meeting with newly elected Ugandan President Idi Amin, he is invited to work for him as his Personal Physician. WHat starts of as a friendly relationship with a seemingly decent man, quickly escalates to a semi hostile relationship with a monster. Nicholas repeatedly attempts to end his employment by Amin, but the devlish dictator Forbids nicholas to leave, and the young doctor is faced with a bitter ending as he is stuck with an evil man so geniusly portrayed by Forrest Whitaker, and the performance by James Mccavoy as Dr. Garrigan shows us why he is one of todays fastest growing stars.
Written January 12, 2008
Every actor in this film was terrific. After hearing the story of this dictator you will need a shower, but it's worth watching! James MacAvoy (probably not how you spell his last name) was great. He's a really good up and comer. One to watch.
Written August 06, 2008
brutal and horrific McAvoy gives a solid performance as Nicholas, but Whitaker deservedly steals the spotlight with his chilling and unforgettable performance in his role as Amin. At first you can see how one might be charmed by the charismatic personality of Amin, but as the story unfolds you can see how unremitting fear and paranoia dismantle his character and his relationship with the young Scotsman. (4/5 stars)
Written February 12, 2007
The “Last King of Scotland” documents the horrific account of Idi Amin’s* eight year regime. A man who initially held much promise for an African nation became the butcher of three hundred thousand people. Twenty years after the fact, we recount these events and ask why? History has shown that leaders who feed their egos through vanity, power, and esteem are destined to ruin due to one fact, the inability for self restraint. The need to retain power at the expense of everyone all too often becomes the natural order. Yet, when these policies adversely affect innocent children, the world can ill afford to watch and contemplate whether we should act. Unfortunately, like Uganda, we are presently witnessing similar atrocities in Sudan, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. God forbid twenty years from today, we watch comparable movies depicting the horrors in the above mentioned countries asking ourselves the same question, why? * Forest Whitaker's portrayal of Idi Amin was epic acting.