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Movie Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

[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 Yemenand 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. Howeverin 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. (ChocolatHachi: A Dog’s Tale, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, etc…)

Directed by Lasse Hallström, CBS Films, 2012

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt,  Amr Waked, Rachael Stirling, Tom Mison and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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.

Rating: PG-13

Length: 112 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

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  • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

    So so cool you got to see this film :) You’ve made me curious about the story AND the characters!! Can’t wait to see this one!!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Not sure when it will be out where you are, TJ, but keep an eye out. This one was sweet. Thanks. :-)

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    Should I see this one? It has KST which is a plus but Ewan Mcsporran although you’ve made it sounds pretty good and I liked his last film Perfect Sense, actually I liked that one a lot, enough to see it again. DVD looksee I think.

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Kristin Scott Thomas was great in this and so funny. In fact, there were sweet, funny moments between the two main actors as well. It’s worth a rent for ya!

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  • Cher Duncombe

    Fabulous review, Katy! This is one I will definitely want to see. The premise is so interesting!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thank you so much Cher. Yes, I will say it again, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was delightful. Prepare to smile! 😀

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  • http://sipsofjenandtonic.com Jen and Tonic

    First, congrats on getting this review featured on Kristin Scott Thomas’ site. So cool :)

    I actually received an e-mail yesterday inviting me to go to an advanced screening of this tomorrow. I declined because I already had plans, and now I’m REALLY disappointed.

    I’ll have to wait patiently until it comes out on DVD.

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thanks Jen. WHAT? You turned down a screening of a Ewan McGregor film? Cancel the plans, woman!!! hahah…okay, that is what I would have done. Enjoy the movie when it comes out on Netflix 😉

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  • Sabrina

    Could this movie really happen? Check it ou http://youtu.be/-axyP9yK8p8

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