[media-credit name=”Courtesy of CBS films” align=”alignleft” width=”211″][/media-credit]Question: Do you feel like you are set on a path to follow or please others, and it goes against your nature to turn around and walk another way? You don’t even realize you are stagnant in your own life; but what happens when you meet that one person who helps you change direction? Well, they become your savior and in return you become theirs because you help them to join your path – a route that the you two were destined to combine.
I was lucky enough to go to a screening for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen the other day as this film is not opening until the first week of March 2012; and I was grateful for the viewing because this movie was just delightful. When film-makers combine romance, drama and comedy it has all the elements to make you feel good, and this movie did just that. Love it when that happens. Actually by the end of the film my cheeks hurt because I realized for nearly the entire film I was smiling.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is just that – a story about a sheik from Yemen, who has a home in Scotland and adores fly fishing so much that he wants to create a place to fish in his native country. A firm that represents the sheik’s money is put in charge of getting the seemingly impossible task achieved. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, played by Emily Blunt, is the person who must persuade a reluctant fisheries expert, played by Ewan McGregor, to help the sheik obtain his vision. A sweet and unusual friendship is sparked between the quiet, reserved (and dare I say nerdy) Scotsman and the go-getter, albeit overly-emotional at times, English woman. I enjoyed watching them together on-screen; two strangers who showed up in each other’s lives and end up altering each other’s paths in profound ways.
I will skip over talking about whom stars in it because you all heard enough about him from me, but I must talk about Kristin Scott Thomas and her part in the film. She plays the press secretary for the Prime Minister of Britain and her character was absolutely hysterical! She was the comedic relief in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and I am not quite sure I have ever seen her play a character like this before now. Usually she plays quiet, sometimes sullen characters but in this film she is full of energy and is a takes-no-bullshit type of gal. Loved it. Wait until you see how she talks to people – even her own children.
Emily Blunt was equally as intriguing but still my favorite performance of her’s is from The Devil Wears Prada. However, in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen it was a delight to see a normally strong female character show some vulnerability when her supposed path is drastically shifted, and then an unassuming man gently comforts her with just his mere presence. I enjoyed those scenes the most.
This movie is based on the book of the same name by Paul Torday and directed by Lasse Hallstrom, a favorite of mine due to his ability to take you into an emotional journey with his slight off-beat vision. (Chocolat, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, etc…)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
My favorite thing: Kristin Scott Thomas AND hearing Ewan McGregor’s Scottish accent.
My least favorite thing: A little bit predictable especially at the climax of the film. It had all right indie film qualities until that part.
Length: 112 minutes
Review: 7 out of 10
About the Author: Katy Kern
Movie reviews that won’t spoil the story with the critique. Movies are my passion and I want to share my opinion on the movies I see to give you more insight on what to see next.