Giles Forden's 1998 novel, The Last King of Scotland was later made in to a historical drama film. The Last King of Scotland was adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin McDonald.
The film which was a co-production between companies from the United Kingdom and Germany was released on September 27th, 2006. It tells the fictional story of Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the physician of President Idi Amin. James McAvoy played the two characters respectively. The movie which also stars Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson was deemed a successs having had a budget of only $6 million and going on to make $48.4 million at the box office.
The Last King of Scotland has an approval rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 181 reviews and 7.7/10 on IMDb. An Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA were some of the accolades that the film won, most Whitaker winning in the category of best leading actor having done a great job with his accent and a bit of Swahili as well.
This movie is one of the few that I underestimated and didn't have an interest in watching until I finally forced myself to. I would recommend The Last King of Scotland especially to those that have a huge interest in history.
~ Written by Tanaka Musanhi
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Text © Tanaka Musanhi