Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Last King of Scotland (**)

The Last King of Scotland is a good, but not great, film with a terrific lead performance by Forest Whitaker. As Idi Amin, he has a hell of a character to play, and he just tears into it. Unfortunately for the movie though, he only has a supporting role and isn't in the movie as much as you want him to be. Instead, we're stuck with James McAvoy's young, naive doctor who romances two married women and finds himself in way over his head when he befreinds Amin and serves as his personal physician. The movie breaks down into basic thriller territory towards the end and is a lot more conventional than you'd expect it to be. This is just another in a long line of films that thrill more as an acting showcase than an actual movie.


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