The Last King of Scotland

Rated NR

The main reason to see this film, about the rise to power of Idi Amin, is the performance by Forest Whitaker; being that all sorts of awards are being thrown at him, that piece of information isn’t all that surprising. What might catch you off guard is that the movie surrounding the Whitaker performance is merely average, at best. The story is told mainly from the vantage point of fictional character Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), who runs away from his daddy and winds up in Uganda playing doctor for Amin. After a while, he finds out that Amin is a madman, and that he might have made a poor career choice. The movie has strong moments, but it also has ridiculous moments, such as McAvoy’s character surviving a rather gory hook hanging à la The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Whitaker is terrific, and I’m giving it a mild recommendation because of him.

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