Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Last King of Scotland

Can something that is horrifying also be entertaining? Would it be awful to admit that I enjoyed this fast-moving film about Idi Amin's horrific reign?

I liked the references to Scottish and English culture. I had to explain to Greg that "spit your dummy" is Scottish slang for "have a tantrum." In Scotland, a pacifier is called a dummy tit. For some reason, nobody there finds this giggle-worthy.

I've never thought of Forest Whitaker as a scary fellow, but in this film he's cast opposite actors who are rather short and slender, and he's filmed as if he towers over even the bodyguards.

The film does not mention that Amin once offered to marry Princess Anne. Some people offer this fact as proof of Amin's insanity.


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