Idi Amin had a funny eye
Watching Last King of Scotland (2006), I am struck with very mixed emotions.
On the one side, I feel the the film barely skims the surface of African identity, heritage, and life.
But, I am tempted to read the film as an anti-colonial narrative, with Idi Amin turning colonial practice against the British, and therefore, setting up an anti-British allegory. But to only use the country of Uganda and Amin's regime as a storytelling tool to criticize Britain degrades the worth and importance of Uganda as a country. Plus, how many movies depict multiple interracial romantic entanglements?
(BTW, Gillian Anderson looks like Virginia Madsen when she bleaches her hair.)
But, the hero still has to rely on the British, and then himself for rescue.
Ah, the travails of the modern day left-wing liberal film critic.
THAT SAID, both Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy are wonderful in this. McAvoy got a BAFTA nom, but was pretty much ignored otherwise. I am here to tell you that this is some horse-shit; McAvoy may be a pretty boy, but he also happens to be a great actor.
(Ultimately, I feel that the film is flawed, and deserves a B-, with the storytelling skills getting most of the credit. I still recommend a viewing. McAvoy and Whitaker each earn an A. Whitaker is awesome - truly awesome - but McAvoy has the harder task.)
Personally, I would list Whitaker as a Supporting Actor.
Uh oh! Impromptu list time!
"PRETTY BOY" ACTORS WHO NEVER GET ENOUGH CREDIT
05. Jeff Bridges
He may not be as traditionally handsome as the other men on this list, but Jeff Bridges has been making acting look easy since he was born. With the one exception of the 1970s King Kong. Hasn't won an Oscar, and has only been nommed for one. But, c'mon, I mean...he was The Dude, dude.
04. Hugh Jackman
Bro played Liza Minelli's husband AND Wolverine convincingly, and totally carried The Fountain. Not to mention besting Christian Bale in The Prestige. Oscar nomination-less, Golden Globe nomination-less. However, he has won a Tony, and has hosted it multiple times.
03. Brad Pitt
I need only point at his cameo on Jackass, plus all of his film appearances as proof.
02. James Marsden
Listen. I've never disliked him, DESPITE the fact that he was given the absolutely shit role of Cyclops in the X-Men films. But his good-sport showing in Enchanted was enough to endear him to me. His sportsmanship in Hairspray is only additional.
01. Tom Cruise
Before you jump down my throat, admit this: Tom Cruise can be extremely charismatic in the right role. Magnolia tops my list.
PS: This is pretty funny.
My favorite is "When Obama wins...people will stop making bad remixes of Billy Jean."
My hypothetical contribution...
"When Obama wins...Chuck Norris jokes will be made illegal."