Last King of Scotland – movie review

It’s actually been a few weeks since I watched The Last King of Scotland on DVD.  I wasn’t even going to write about it but it’s just been kind of nagging at me.  To say that I had no idea what it was about before Muse and I watched it is a huge understatement.

So for those of you, who like me have no idea what this movie is about, let me tell you what it isn’t.  It takes place in Africa, not Scotland.  [Umm.. OK.]  It’s about a tyrant who takes over a country in Africa but used to fight for the British and has some bizarre love of all things Scottish.  [What?]  There is a young Scottish guy in the movie who moves to this country but he is not a king.  He’s a doctor. [So confused.]  The tyrant considers himself to be the titular last king of Scotland because… well I have no idea why frankly. [Honest.]

It is a pretty good movie though.  I don’t think it was as great as it was made out to be.  The character of the young Scottish doctor is a complete moron and deserved far worse than what he got.  It was hard to sympathize with anyone in the movie because most people got what was coming to them.  But the story was decent and the acting was great.  There was quite a bit of nudity, sex and blood and gore as well which was unexpected.

So, fair warning, this movie is not about some bizarre story of a black king ruling Scotland.  I suppose that sounds more like a Martin Lawrence movie anyway.  But really I had no idea….

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4 Responses to “Last King of Scotland – movie review”

  1. Livingdead says:

    Amin was quite the character. almost likable, if hanging out with the crazy drunken homeless guy, minus the genocide thing.

    You should pick up a copy of The World’s Most Dangerous Places if you don’t have one. it’s full of…interesting stories. Or, you can borrow mine if we ever meet when you get stateside.

  2. Livingdead says:

    Tch. “if hanging out with the crazy drunken homeless guy, minus the genocide stuff is your kind of thing.”

    Preview is my friend.

  3. VegasDad says:

    This movie is currently airing on HBO. I haven’t watched it yet. After your review, I don’t think I’ll bother.

  4. Melissa says:

    Just finished watching it, like 20 minutes ago. Creepy, and it gave me a migraine.

    Heh, syphilis makes people crazy.

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