The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Here is my second of five reviews for Alex who helped me decide on what movie series to tackle after I finished reviewing all of the Oscar Best Picture winners. – Thanks again Alex!

last king“If you’re afraid of dying it shows you have a life worth living. ” Nicholas Garrigan

Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Feb 2007 and 31 Mar 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young Scottish doctor trying to find himself ends up becoming the personal doctor of Idi Amin, the brutal dictator of Uganda during the 70’s.

My Take on it – Most people will watch this movie to see Forrest Whitaker in his Oscar winning performance as Idi Amin, but I personally think that James McAvoy is the better actor in this film.

Whitaker is good here, but I think he could have been much better.  IMHO, he won the Oscar because the rest of the acting performances that year just weren’t as good, but it was a weak year.  For the Oscar win, he beat Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond (2007), Will Smith for the Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Peter O’Toole for Venus (2007) and Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson (2007).  None of these other performances were that great either and this is one of the most lackluster years for actor nominated performances.

If this movie wants to show the two-faced way that Amin led his regime, they should have shown us more of the brutality instead the viewer feels too distanced from what is happening in the country because it focuses on the “coming of age” story of McAvoy’s character and instead make Amin feel like a minor character.

For people who know some of the history of the story, this movie can be interesting at certain points, but in general, the movie is mediocre at best.

Bottom Line – Nice historical movie, but feels too distant and doesn’t make us connect with any of the characters or the situations.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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17 thoughts on “The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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  2. I think this better than you do. But I agree that Amin was too much a back player to a character that didn’t even exist. And that McAvoy’s performance here is terrific. (Though I think Whitaker is pretty awesome, too.)


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