in about 100 words or less
UK/US 123m, Colour
Director: Kevin Macdonald; Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney, Gillian Anderson
The Last King of Scotland is the fictional story of a young Scottish physician named Nicholas Garrigan who travels to Uganda to work in a rural missionary hospital. After a chance meeting with the new Ugandan leader Idi Amin, Garrigan reluctantly becomes Amin’s confidant and one of his chief advisers. Though the story is chiefly about the young doctor’s predicament, it is Whitaker’s outstanding performance as the Ugandan dictator which is most notable in this engaging drama (Klaus Ming November 2016).