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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

King Forest

Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," but don't think you'll see this always interesting actor in every scene. The movie is really about a young Scottish doctor who falls under Amin's spell. The story of Amin is told through the eyes of this white man, played by James McAvoy. Director Kevin MacDonald, who helmed the heart-stopping documentary "Touching the Void," gives a realistic, gritty feel to the flick. However, Whitaker is so good in this role that I wish the film could've been entirely about Amin. (Forest Fans: here's Terry Gross interviewing F.W.)