Thursday, May 24, 2007

Last King of Scotland—Review

Who's in it? Forest Whitaker and the fawn from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
What's the deal? Whitaker is Idi Amin, a general that takes power in Uganda. Fawn is a Scottish doctor trying to make a difference in the world.
This is one of those movies that: Makes you wonder how much of it is actually true. It's not a major distraction but it does pop into your head from time to time.
Character Issues: Now here are a couple of characters I can get behind. Each one of them has depth, charisma, and charm. Not to rehash the Spiderman thing, but the deepest character in that movie is the lamest one in this one—the English doctor already in Uganda when fawn arrives. He's lame, plain, and boring. A good man, sure, but lame.
Back to Scotland: I think I like Fawn's character better than Whitaker's, actually. Even though they are both very similar, Fawn is actually likable and he's the kind of guy you want to have a beer with. You want to be his friend.
I'm having trouble with: Putting together a relevant, helpful series of bullets for this movie. It has a lot going on. It's about several things: politics power, friendship, marriage, adventure, international relations, appearances vs reality, and patriotism.
Amin was basically: Moody. When he finally snaps at Fawn for the first time you can see that the guy isn't stable. Fawn (and the audience) thought they were cool until then. It's a feeling all countries have had at one point or another a few months after a change of power: the joyful victor reveals a nasty side that hints at something much bigger. A big, collective "Uh oh."
Having trouble: Saying anything at all that is helpful or interesting about this movie so I'll just give it a B+. Nut sure why I'm having trouble but maybe that tells you something about it.


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