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Movie Review: The Last King of Scotland

Alternate Title: The King and I

Story: Uganda's Idi Amin was a brutal dictator from 1970 to 1979 when he was finally overthrown. Director Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) delivers a terrific depiction of his reign, madness, charm and charisma. Based on the novel of the same name by Giles Foden, we meet a fictitious composite character, young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan, who quite unintentionally becomes the personal physician to Amin. We get to see the madness of the king through the innocent eyes of the young doctor.

The film does not hold back. It is often difficult to watch, yet compelling at the same time. I remember the madness of King Amin and seeing this film through the eyes of history gives it a special place for lovers of world history. It is said that up to 500,000 Ugandans were murdered during his short tenure.

I urge you to see this powerful film. For more on Idi Amin go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi_Amin

Acting: Forest Whitaker's performance is nothing short of brilliant. He fully inhabits the persona of Idi Amin and controls the screen whenever he enters a scene. Bravo. James McAvoy play his composite character with convincing zeal.

Predilection: None

Critters: Cows, horses and peacocks.

Soundtrack: There are some wonderful African tunes.

Opening Titles: Exciting visuals.

Theater Audience: A handful of enthralled viewers.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: There are some tough scenes to watch and one torture scene that I had to cover my face through.

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: I think Forest Whitaker could prepare his acceptance speech right now.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen

Length: Two hours