The Last King of Scotland Reviews

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May 22, 2015
Solid film from Kevin Macdonald. Forest Whitaker delivers an unforgettable performance as Idi Amin. The problematic element in the film is James McAvoy's character. We see the brutality and guilt of Amin and the film feels restricted by this limitation. It is an odd choice from the storytelling perspective as this is a fictional character. It would have been more interesting to examine Amin through another and preferably Ugandan perspective.
½ May 16, 2015
Brutal thriller with a great performance by Forest Whitaker.
½ May 1, 2015
Performance poderosa de Forest Withaker como um ditador lunático e megalomaníaco que acha que tudo se resolve na violência e genocídio. É um filme forte e altamente recomendado.
½ April 22, 2015
A really powerful movie. Forest Whitaker is amazing in this, as is James McAvoy. Even more powerful to know that the story is based on true events.
April 22, 2015
Good movie and excellent gripping story about the corruptness of the Uganda government during the 70's
½ April 1, 2015
It's true that Forest Whitaker does a good job notwithstanding what pushes him over the edge is he looks exactly like Idi Amin but The Last King of Scotland's bold capture of Uganda poverty and desperation is what deserves the most praise.
½ March 24, 2015
Gongs do not sound as it's said to be.
November 23, 2007
Good movie and excellent gripping story about the corruptness of the Uganda government during the 70's
February 20, 2015
This is the first and only movie that I have watched with Forest Whitaker in it. I also had no previous knowledge about Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator in the 70's who is responsible for the deaths of 300,000 people. I can tell you however that Forest Whitaker, who portrays Amin in the film, is simply phenomenal. He appears likable and charismatic, only showing glimpses of his brutality until towards the end of the movie. This is a very typical characteristic of past dictators. It is important to note that the protagonist of this movie is Amin's Scottish physician, who is a fictional character. Thus, it would have been preferable if there was more emphasis on Amin but Whitaker's superb performance alone is a good reason to watch this movie.
½ February 1, 2015
whitaker is the fuel that makes this 1 go
January 8, 2015
I have never liked Forest Whitaker as an actor, but he is terrifying in this role. He normally plays the big, friendly teddy-bear characters, but here he is a frightening tyrant. On first hearing about this movie, I didn't think he could pull it off, but after seeing it, I was very impressed. James McAvoy is great, as usual, but watch this to see the pinnacle of Forest Whitaker's career.
Super Reviewer
February 22, 2007
Another Hotel Rwanda , Constant Gardener movie kinda about a young doctor from scotland travel to Uganda to to something different with his life. He get in touch with the new president and will now be his personal doctor. Most drama in this one but some thriller scenes aswell and overall a great movie. Nice acting by Forest Withaker.
½ April 3, 2011
A very strong movie with a well deserved Oscar win for Whitaker (though I still think DiCaprio should have been nominated for The Departed and won). Kerry Washington is outstanding in a small supporting role and McAvoy is good too.
½ September 2, 2014
Not bad. Tells an interesting story, but honestly gets really weird and psychedelic towards the end. This was strange enough as it was, but the rest of the film is completely normal. I felt like these scenes really hurt this film and detracted from its quality.
½ August 7, 2014
I'm scared to watch this film again because it felt so real, and reality often shows the worst of humanity.
½ October 31, 2012
Filmed like a documentary, The Last King of Scotland provides a first-hand look at the life of bipolar Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker is absolutely terrifying, possessed by a mix of irresistable charisma and cold-blooded evil
½ March 4, 2014
A beautifully crafted thriller, McDonalds assured direction and McAvoys impressive performance create an unenviable level of tension and dread. Whitaker is simply sublime as Amin - charismatic and generous, but never completely glossing over his sadistic core.
½ July 5, 2014
Gripping, brutal and powerful, 'The Last King of Scotland' is a brilliant dramatic depiction of the life of megalomaniac Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, perfectly portrayed by Forest Whitaker in his Oscar-winning performance as one of the greatest casting against type roles seen in film. A blunt and brutal tale, and one that is highly engaging from start to finish. A taut political thriller about power and corruption. Macdonald's riveting and incandescent direction caps this fictionalised drama, a truly stunning flick that remains as a highlight of film in 2006.
Super Reviewer
½ June 16, 2014
Brilliant drama with a stunning cast, and engaging story, The Last King of Scotland tells the story of the life of the personal physician of Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin, who is a brutal dictator. The story is a standout drama, one that is highly engaging from start to finish. In the role General Idi Amin is Forest Whitaker, who gives the role a sympathetic nature despite the fact that Idi Amin was a brutal dictator, but that's what makes Whitaker such a standout actor. Starring aside Whitaker is James McAvoy, who has great on-chemistry with Whitaker and both actors elevate the film significantly. The Last King of Scotland is a superbly crafted drama well worth seeing if you want a riveting drama that is highly entertaining from start to finish. What makes the film what it is, is the performances, the well thought out script and unforgettable story, which is what stands out the most about the film. The performances are something quite unique as well, and like I said, Whitaker is truly superb, and I would say that this one of his best performances. The Last King of Scotland is a superb piece of film, one that is well worth seeing if you enjoy the genre, and with an incredible true story, excellent performances, and vivid storytelling, it's a film that will stay with you long after you've seen it. This is a film that is worth seeing, and there never is a dull moment to be had throughout the film. If you're interested in the subject, or simply want to watch a great drama based on real events, and then you can do no wrong watching this film, it's a film well worth seeing, and it's one of tense, thrilling drama that is brilliant in the way that it tackles its story.
½ April 2, 2008
This film is so powerful with it's brutal look at corruption. Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy are perfect in The Last King of Scotland.
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