Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
ListsAn error has ocurred. Please try again
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Not masterpiece but nicely offered.
Hotel Rwanda broke the ice in 2004 with its devastating look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide. And now, The Last King of Scotland, the story of Ugandan President Idi Amin, is the next to hop on the bandwagon.
Where Hotel Rwanda seemed highly biographical and strove to stick to the facts as much as possible, The Last King of Scotland takes a much more theatrical approach. It sets forth by heightening the drama and high adrenaline, even creating a completely fictional character through whom the audience sees and experiences the story. Whether or not you find that tack patronizing, there's no doubt that the movie is genuine in its intent, emotionally wrenching to the very last second, and not afraid to display the brutalities of Amin's regime and the circumstances behind them.
Does The Last King of Scotland have a message for the world? All too clearly it does, and it's nicely but subtly offered.
The best art-house film from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's Oscar submission, is an exquisitely shot minimalist tale of an elderly woman who finds herself the last remaining resident in a village evacuated during the Nagorno-Karabakh war of two decades ago. With little in the way of commercial prospects, the film's poetic strengths should nonetheless continue to find favour among viewers.
Bleak and greatly wordless as this tale is, there's a certain quiet grandeur to its unfolding. The low-key, somber colors and elegant crane shots of Abdulrahim Besharat's lensing make Nabat inevitably part of a pitiless yet graceful landscape. Hamed Sabet's sorrowful string score is only occasional present, capping an assembly as handsome as it is spare.