Movie Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)


Written by Anthony Sargon

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" had a very limited theatrical release and a slow global rollout, so this review is a tad late, but seeing how the film has garnered some awards attention, this reviewer thought it appropriate to give this little film some attention as well.

The story revolves around a very renowned fisheries expert in Britain (Ewan McGregor) who is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) working for a rich Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) hoping to introduce salmon fishing in his country. The British Prime Minister is persuaded by his press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) that it will make for a good story, as well as something that could improve Anglo-Yemeni relations. McGregor's character, Dr. Alfred Jones, is skeptical at first, but he soon becomes invested in the project as he befriends the sheikh and grows fond of his consultant, Harriet.

The film can best be described as a "dramedy", part drama and part romantic comedy. These films are often difficult to pull off, but "Salmon Fishing" keeps things relatively light, avoiding any jarring tonal shifts.

The performances are very solid all-around, with Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor in particular doing most of the heavy lifting. The audience is never quite sure of how their story will play out, and it's handled very well by Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom. Amr Waked is great as the sheikh, making the character likable and relatable. It's refreshing to see an Arab portrayed as a genuinely friendly and wise individual, something that has become quite rare in movies.

The film plays it a bit safe when it comes to political and cultural issues in the Yemen and its relationship with Britain, but the point of the film is to focus on what the title clearly states, salmon fishing. It's the story of overcoming big obstacles to achieve something considered mundane by many, but essential for some.

Anthony's Verdict:

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is a solid movie with a sweet message and great acting all-around. It's not going to blow your mind or revolutionize movies, but it's an effective and light little romantic drama that will keep you entertained.

Numerical Score: 7/10

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