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April 08, 2007

Movies: The Last King of Scotland



The Last King of Scotland
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, Giles Foden, and Peter Morgan
Starring Forrest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, David Oyelowo, Simon McBurney

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

The Last King of Scotland is about President of Ugandu General Idi Amin Dada (Whitaker), and the ways in which he hopes to stay in power.  He is followed by a Scottish man Doctor James Garigan (McAvoy) who randomly treated him one day for a sprained wrist.  The President for some reasons takes an immediate likely to Garigan and decides to make this Scottish man the closest advisor for the leader of an African country.  McAvoy is initially thrilled by this position and enjoys the glamour which the position entails but his success causes for him to be blind sighted of the evil demeanors of the President.  Eventually Garrigan learns of the president’s genocide but at this point he is already in too deep.  Because the president does any means necessary to have his “closest advisor” from leaving, Garrigan must exploit the evil president to save Uganda, even if it means assassinating the president.

I love this film for two reasons: 1) it educates the audience about an unknown event in history and 2) the cast is spectacular.  The film intends to not only entertain its audience but it also manages to educate its audience about the genocide of hundreds of thousands of Ugandanians in Africa of which the world knew nothing about.  Such a tragic event in history is unknown to most of the world but this film brings light to this topic, a topic which deserves much attention.  It’s a wake up call to the more fortunate countries to lend a helping hand to third world countries such as those in Africa and to not just turn away from their problems. 

Now, that I have made my political statement, back to the film itself.  The cast is phenomenal.  At first, I was very upset that Dicaprio lost the Oscar to Whitaker but I judged before I saw The Last King of Scotland.  Dicaprio in The Departed was excellent, but Whitaker was amazing.  He deserves the Oscar, hands down.  In the film he switches his roles back and forth from a charismatic lovable president to a psychotic overly paranoid dictator.  His “schizophrenia” is easily conveyed on screen.  His supporting cast also deserves mentioning especially McAvoy.  With the two reasons mentioned above I would most definitely recommend The Last King of Scotland.      

 

Posted by vatran at April 8, 2007 04:11 PM

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