The Last King of Scotland

15 Oct

I saw The Last King of Scotland this weekend. What can I say? It made me faint (literally!). I’m not sure it was just the gruesome scenes at the end, though those images did seem to be at the front of my mind at the time. Some reviews have criticized the fictional Dr. Garrigan that becomes Idi Amin’s personal physician for being overly naive and blind to the atrocities going on around him for a longer stretch of time than is believable (though honestly time was not clearly marked in the story– how long had he been in Amin’s service before things went bad?). In any case, the film is definitely worth watching (weak of stomach forewarned). Forest Whitaker did a phenomenal job as a charming, paranoid, and horrifying monster. I also appreciated the clips of the real Amin at the end of the film; they seemed to add an important sense of truth, whether or not the viewer was already aware of who Amin was. That those atrocities were real, that atrocities are being committed right now in other parts of the world.

2 Responses to “The Last King of Scotland”

  1. Andy October 16, 2006 at 10:16 pm #

    I hope you weren’t alone when you saw it!Thanks for the review. I didn’t have plans for what movie to see next, but now I do.

  2. Anca October 17, 2006 at 4:26 am #

    Nope, my boyfriend made sure I didn’t conk my head on the floor!That’s a good point, though. No one should see this film alone.

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