After seeing The Queen, you may want to go out with your viewing companion for a stimulating discussion over crumpets and tea; after The Last King of Scotland, you're more likely to visit the theater's restroom to throw up. But both movies take on political giants who could easily have become coarse caricatures (of evil, in Amin's case, and of tradition-bound conventionality, in Elizabeth's) and instead show them as the contradictory figures they really were, and are.
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Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.