Movie Review – “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”

Recently I attended an advance screening of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, starring Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor.

 

 

Here’s the synopsis:

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Ok, that synopsis sucks, but that’s the best I could find. So I’ll summarize. Emily Blunt plays Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, who works with the Sheikh of Yemen & is trying to help him introduce the sport of salmon fishing to the Yemen. Ewan McGregor plays Dr. Alfred Jones, a government expert on salmon fishing (I can’t believe there govt experts on fishing!) who is reluctantly roped into the project. Over the course of the project, these two opposites grow fond of each other…but do they manage to making the fishing in the desert thing happen?

I’m so glad I was able to see this film! I caught an interview with Emily Blunt on NPR’s “Here & Now” recently, and I was very intrigued by the film. Plus I just love Emily Blunt – she was a scene-stealer in The Devil Wears Prada.

I was expecting a generic sappy romantic comedy – but this movie is genuinely funny! From the very beginning it was charming & entertaining. Ewan McGregor plays the role of the uptight, tactless, gruff, Type-A scientist very well. Emily Blunt has the patience of a saint, cause I would have cursed out Ewan McGregor in the first 5 minutes. They play well off each other.

The actor who played the Sheikh – I have no idea who he is, but he’s a cutie.

As much as I loved this movie, I hated the ending. This movie was a cute romantic comedy until the very end , and that’s when it veered into the sappy, generic, Hollywood, happily-ever-after ending. Blah. It was a great story up until that part.But even with the wack ending, I really enjoyed this film.