The Last King of Scotland (2006, Semi-Fictional Biopic) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Forest Whitaker: Idi Amin
James McAvoy: Nicholas Garrigan
Kerry Washington: Kay Amin
Simon McBurney: Stone
David Oyelowo: Dr. Junju
Gillian Anderson: Sarah Merrit
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: Peter Morgan
Writer: Jeremy Brock
Writer (Original Book): Giles Foden
Producer: Andrea Calderwood
Producer: Lisa Bryer
Producer: Charles Steel

Last King of Scotland, The (2006)

1970: ambitious newly graduated doctor Nicholas Garrigan travels to Uganda for some excitement and fun and gets more than he bargained for when he becomes private physician to Ugandan President Idi Amin.


This is almost as good as this kind of movie gets but it doesn’t offer any illumination. However, seeing as James McAvoy’s character behaves in a typically human manner by acting selfishly and gladly going along with whatever is happening and turning a blind eye to salve his conscience, I suppose not much illumination is needed. Director Kevin MacDonald’s grip on the film is exemplary. We are interested and invested from the beginning and once Forest Whitaker’s mammoth Idi Amin supernovas onto the screen about twenty minutes in, there’s no going back. The depth of audience investment becomes clear during the climax where SPOILER two extremely grisly scenes (just the right side of gratuitous) become so much more powerful and cannot be blithely ignored.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and extremely grisly scenes and sex scenes, nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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