Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

by M. Polier

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN/BBC FILMS

U.S. Release Date: March 9, 2012

DIRECTOR: LASSE HALLSTROM

STARRING: EWAN McGREGOR, EMILY BLUNT, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

PROS

  • Puts a much needed good spin on the Middle East with a nod to the dangers. A happy story with a good ending.
  • It’s fun to see Ewan McGregor in a comedic role – he plays a pompous expert with no heart, so when he finally cracks and shows it we are really cheering for him.  And he has a mean Scottish brogue.
  • Some wonderfully witty and fun dialogue.  The salmon steal the show with their jumping.  If you’ve never seen it (we’ve been to Alaska and seen it live) you are in for a treat.  You haven’t seen fishing like this since “A River Runs Through It.”

CONS

  • Tries hard to be everything to everyone and just misses.
  • Story is overly contrived.
  • Satires the hypocrisy in the world today – in media, politics and even the Middle East.

FINAL VERDICT:  A sweet film, a good time, you leave the theater in a happy place.  A good family film if kids are over 14.

QUICK QUOTE!

Sheikh Muhammed: “But fishermen, they don’t care whether I’m brown or white, rich or poor, wearing robes or waders.  All they care about is the fish, the river.  For fishermen, the only virtues are patience, tolerance and humility.”

DAVE SAID, “Sweet. A feel good movie.  It’s not believable, but so what?”


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