Tuesday, 13 February 2007
The last King of Scotland
I watched The Last King of Scotland tonight. A good and impressive movie.
A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin’s savagery--and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.
Much has been said about Forest Whitaker's brilliant acting as Idi Amin. However, I found James McAvoy at least as good as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan. Having worked a lot in developing countries, I can totally understand Dr. Garrigan's actions and behaviour. I have seen so many white guys who go to a poor country to "steal and fuck", as Idi says in the movie.