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About the Movie
Ewan McGregor (Beginners) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) star alongside Oscar©-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long) and Amr Waked (Syriana) in this extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible. Directed by Oscar©-nominee Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and written by Oscar©-winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), this feature film is based on Paul Torday’s acclaimed novel about a scientist who looks to fulfills a sheikh's dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his homeland in Yemen. It is produced by Paul Webster (The Motorcycle Diaries) and executive produced by Jamie Laurenson, Stephen Garrett, Paula Jalfon, Zygi Kamasa and Guy Avshalom.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 139
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 46
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: While both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are enormously appealing actors, Hallstrom has made a movie that pretends it is something it's not -- namely, an intelligent romantic comedy.
Fresh: A charming little movie.
Fresh: While "Salmon Fishing" fritters away the comic momentum of its madcap opening chapters, it's like angling -- a pleasant diversion if you can look below the surface and muster the patience to appreciate it.
Fresh: The kind of film you might find on the DVD shelf of a holiday cottage, and that's not necessarily a criticism.
AN UPLIFTING ROM-COM FULL OF CHARM AND WIT
I ended up seeing "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" on a whim after one of my friends recommended it to me. And I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The acting was brilliant, the direction was well-executed, and the story had a surprising amount of meaning and depth. Basically, the film is about a fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the deserts of Yemen. What first seems like an absurd and unachievable project soon turns into a "good will" story, as the team puts everything on the line and embarks on a journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. Although the flick's plot is admittedly a bit clichéd and predictable, it works terrifically thanks to the relaxed chemistry between McGregor and Blunt. Their characters are practically complete polar opposites, but the way they awkwardly interact with one another feels remarkably real and unforced. I especially enjoyed their amusing little quips and conversations from time to time. On the other hand, I felt that some of the melodrama could've been a lot less schmaltzy and sentimental than how it was portrayed by the actors. Plus, I was a little disappointed by the screenplay, as it constantly kept switching back and forth from being a simple romantic drama to a full blown political satire. But other than that, I can't think of any reasons why "Salmon Fishing" isn't worth seeing. It's heartfelt, witty, and benefits from a talented British cast. Sure, it may have some narrative flaws, but if you're looking for a charming, thought-provoking romance, this movie is a great pick.
Great Movie :)
I admit that when I saw the trailer for this movie, I wasn't too excited about it. I'm so glad I decided to watch it. This movie was a great story of hope and love. It was very well done, and I highly recommend seeing it.
Uplifting and Encouraging
This is one of the very few movies where I agreed with the Rotten Tomatoes rating. I am usually the polar opposiute. This is not the sort of role that I would have expected for Ewan McGregor but he pulls it off very convincingly. And Emily blunt is sweet and charming as usual. I don't understand why this doesn't rank higher in the iTunes ratings. I am really tired of the hollywood movies that are either depressing or 90% special effects and no heart. This is a welcome respite from all that.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
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