Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Forest Whittaker's performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was superb and James McAvoy (as young Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan) was as dependable as every, but somehow I felt that this film was lacking something. I just never felt emotionally involved; it had nothing like the impact of Hotel Rwanda to me. Apparently the storyline bears very little relation to historical fact; not knowing much about Ugandan history that probably didn't make too much difference to me, but the romantic element between Nicholas and one of Amin's wives (played by Kerry Washington) did feel rather contrived.

The F word is used quite a lot, and be warned - there are some very gruesome scnees in this movie. I thought it was a good movie to a limited extent, but somehow it just never really gripped me as I felt it should have. Rated 15 (UK), R (US).

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