NI2 FILM REWIEWS
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
(Directed by Kevin Macdonald)
The Last King of Scotland is an adaptation of a novel by
Giles Foden, which is loosely based on historical facts. It
is a drama, set in Uganda during the 70’s.
The movie tells us of Idi Amin’s life, who was one of the
most bloody African dictators, through the eyes of Doctor
Nicholas Garrigan, a non-historical character. Garrigan
was firstly fascinated by Idi Amin Dada, because at the
beginning he represented a blow of fresh air in Uganda’s
political life. After that he became the personal doctor of
Idi Amin and his Adviser. But real life is cruel and he
soon realized the fascinating Idi Amin had an awful dark
The interest of this film, and his distinctive characteristic, is that it represents Idi
Amin Dada’s both faces and how a dream about freedom and change of a
country can became a fatal nightmare. Forest Whitaker, who won an Oscar for
this role, built a powerful character, because he performed a real dictator who is
sometimes like a small child, sometimes terrible, but always fascinating. My
only objection to this movie would be the character of Doctor Garrigan who was
a bit naïve.
This is a gripping film, and also depicts a real historic fact which represented a
hope that changed into a dreadful curse. And if you want to know why Idi Amin
Dada was the Last King of Scotland, you have to watch the film. It’ll be on
tonight 18th of November on the second channel. ;-)
“The untouchable” is a French comedy-drama film
directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. Set in
modern-day France and based on a true story.
It is a story about friendship and social classes: Philippe
is a really rich man, who becomes disabled because of
a paragliding accident. Driss, on the other hand, is an
immigrant from a marginal district who just came out
of jail. Philippe hired Driss to be his live-in caregiver, so they started to know each
other and become friends, despite the warnings of Philippe’s family, who didn’t trust
Driss because of his past.
This film is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It makes you laugh and cry, and teach
you the value of equality and respect. Also, I love the soundtrack, made by Ludovico
Einaudi, a pianist and composer well-known in the film world.
Original and unexpected, I recommend this film to everyone.