The Last King of Scotland

The ohter night I saw The Last King of Scotland. Brilliant acting by Mr. Forest Withaker. In fact impressive to be honest to show boths sides the friend and the mad man with just minutes appart from one another and really convince you that this guy is really crazy. Forest Withaker [Idi Amin] won best leading actor for this role and it was about damn time he got noticed he is a very good actor so i am happy for him that people finally noticed that fact about him. If you are into history and good acting this is a must see movie.

The last king of Scotland tells the story thru the eyes of his personal doctor Nicholas Garrigan [played by James McAvoy] a guy from Scotland that goes to Uganda to help people. Based on a novel by Giles Foden and historical events of Idi Amin Dada who was a dictator from Uganda, Africa. It shows their "friendship" the born of it and the almost deadly end of it. It also focus on the relatioship between the doctor and one of the presidents wife [he had three] Kay Amin [played by Kerry Washington]. So you already know that it wont end very good the relationship you dont mess with the presidents wife and less with the wife of a killer, crazy, maniac president like him.

Even thou many people were killed by his orders [300,000] the movie doesn't concentrate on that. In reality Idi Amin was brutal killed many of his "friends" cause he didnt trusted him later on. Those against him also were killed. The world turned against him on the media and magazines due to his way of ruling Uganda. I did some research on the real guy and he had lots of power and control most of it of the militia so go figure. Idi Amin Dada haves a very long history. [more history]

Good photographic takes on the movie. The acting like I said before is very good it took home the oscar for best male leading actor. The movie also won many awards on different subject. The soundtrack is very good filled with music from the local african music scene like Afrigo Band, Percussion Discussion Africa, Angela Kalule [she sings Janis Joplin song Me and Bobby McGee loved her voice]. The movie was directed by Kevin Macdonald. Written by Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock (screenplay) and Giles Foden(novel). It goes for 121 min.

If you are wondering were the title came from [cause I did] I found some info about that Idi Amin gave himself the title "His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, King of Scotland Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular". According to director Kevin Macdonald, Amin saw the Ugandans as the a Scots of Africa.

" Idi Amin: I want you to tell me what to do.
Nicholas Garrigan: You want ME to tell YOU what to do?
Idi Amin: Yes, you are my advisor. You are the only one I can trust in here. You should have told me not to throw the Asians out, in the first place.
Nicholas Garrigan: I DID!
Idi Amin: But you did not persuade me, Nicholas. You did not persuade me! "

Comments