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The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland
Movie Rating:
 8/10
DVD Rating:
 7/10
Overall Rating:
 8/10


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Starring:
Forest Whitaker
James McAvoy
Gillian Anderson
Kerry Washington


Special Features:
7 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Kevin MacDonald
Exclusive Documentary: Capturing Idi Amin
Forest Whitaker Idi Amin Featurette
Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session - The Last King Of Scotland

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 123 min
Rating: R

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives "one of the greatest performances of modern movie history" (Wall Street Journal), one that the Associated Press calls "nothing short of Oscar® worthy." This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture - Amin even proclaims himself "The Last King of Scotland". Seduced by Amin's charisma and blinded by decadence, Garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape. Inspired by real people and events, this gripping, suspenseful stunner is filled with performances you will never forget.

Quick Review:
Forest Whitaker recently won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, and after watching the movie, it is clear why he deserved it. Whitaker went though an entire transformation, becoming almost unrecognizable, as he was tasked with balancing the personality of a man who kills his closest advisor and plays pranks during parties in the same day.

The main attraction of this story is the dictator himself, who murdered 300,000 of his own people, was rumored to have eaten his enemies and at the same time was considered a charming individual. Unfortunately the film does not touch on Amin's many other wild antics, but instead tells the story through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (Dr. Nicholas Garrigan played by James McAvoy) that Amin befriends.

He is offered a job as a physician to the president, and quickly falls in love with his new royal lifestyle. But when Garrigan begins to open his eyes and see the terror that Amin has been creating, he pleads to go back home to Scotland. Unfortunately, the only way out is to escape.

The only problem with the film is the ending, which seems a bit out of place. When Garrigan attempts to make his escape, the nicely-paced story, becomes an action-packed thriller, converting the complicated Amin into a simple villain. Although, it is unlikely that this will interfere with people's enjoyment of the movie, I can't help feeling that the film could have been a bit better.

Outside of the standard audio commentary by director Kevin MacDonald, the bonus features include 7 deleted scenes. These scenes come with their own optional commentary by MacDonald, who explains that they had to be cut out due to time concerns. They might not be anything special, but still worth watching if you enjoyed the film. In addition, the DVD comes with several featurettes, including Whitaker discussing his role and several cast interviews. Out of all the bonus material, the most interesting piece was the 30 minute featurette, entitled "Capturing Idi Amin," that takes a look at the terror that Amin left behind.

In Conclusion:
The film does a great job of telling the story of Amin, even if it is historically incorrect. The bonus features are standard, but provide additional insight into the dictator and the cast and crew. This is a great addition to anyone's personal library.


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