I finally got a chance today to watch the trailer for the upcoming film The Last King of Scotland.
This film is striking and very interesting.
It tells the real life story of Idi Amin, the dictator of Uganda during the 1970s. Forest Whitaker plays the part of the dictator, in a compelling way that will surely garner him Academy Award attention.
The buzz for Whitaker has been around all year, but The Last King of Scotland tells the stories from the perspective of Idi Amin's personal physician, Nicholas Garrigan, a young adventursome guy from Scotland. This role is played by James McAvoy who played the part of Mr. Tumnus the Faun in the most recent adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
I was very impressed with McAvoy's portrayl of Mr. Tumnus, and I think that his role in The Last King of Scotland could garner him some critical attention. I'll be interested to see if this is the case.
For whatever reason, the preview for this film, directed by Kevin Macdonald, looks like it could be a very compelling and unique film, or a snoozer with some powerful acting by Forest Whitaker and company. In some ways this trailer reminds me in some faint way of Fernando Meirelles great film City of God, but with expectations like that I'm only setting myself up to be disappointed.
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