Film Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

| 5 April , 2012 | 1 Reply

Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor
Sassi’s star rating: 3.5/5

Move over Love Actually, there’s a new British rom-com on the way and it’s destined to take its place on the “Most Popular” list.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is as much a (predictable) romantic comedy as it a commentary on politics, technology, public relations & spin and romance in the 21st Century.

We meet Emily Blunt’s character Harriet busily sending an email to Ewan McGregor’s Dr. Alfred Jones,  on behalf of her client Sheikh Muhammed. The Sheikh wishes to share his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing  with the people of the Yemen. He believes it can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert and altruistically allow agriculture to blossom alongside, despite numerous plots to prevent this.

As we find out, theoretically the idea is possible; however the process isn’t without its hurdles, much like life itself especially for Harriet and Dr. Alfred Jones.

Harriet’s boyfriend of three weeks, a solider with the Army, has been deployed to the war in Afghanistan. He leaves right at the blissful “honeymoon” stage of their fledgling relationship and asks Harriet to wait for him.

Meanwhile Dr. Alfred Jones’ marriage is falling apart at the seams, despite working so hard to prevent it from doing so.

It would appear that the best thing for these two “lost-souls” is to immerse themselves into their work and concetrate on making it a success.

With the poltics involved in the project – UK fisheries approving to send salmon to Yemen, the Prime Minster’s office latches on to the story as a “feel-good” story to promote the good relations between the UK and Yemen in an otherwise bleak time during the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The Prime Minster’s press secretary – Patricia Maxwell (Kristen Scott Thomas) plays a very good PR officer, doing whatever possible to get a good news story. It is a typical stereotype of a PR type yet so far from the truth on a number of occasions. (As a PR professional – I believe I have authority to say so!)

As the project continues (with fabulous location scenery shots, which will make you want to pack your bags and head overseas) relationships and friendships are formed and others end, much like a river running its course.

Like a hand tied lure will attract the prized catch, so too the predictable storyline entices the audience to follow the plot as it is slowly revealed.

If you’re after a feel-good flick over the Easter break, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen will have you hooked!

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is in cinemas now.


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