Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

2011

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

64
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 57340

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Emily Blunt as Harriet
Ewan McGregor as Dr. Alfred Jones
Tom Mison as Capt. Robert Mayers
Rachael Stirling as Mary Jones
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by napierslogs 8 / 10

Brings humour and faith to science, politics and romantic comedies

A rich sheik has decided that he would like to bring the faith and sport of fly-fishing to Yemen. British fisheries expert, Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), thinks it's a joke. But the PM likes the idea of positive Anglo-Yemeni cooperation and the 2 million potential voters who fish. Dr. Jones still thinks it's a joke. The sheik transfers $50 Million over to his consultant's firm, and thus the project begins.

Dr. Jones still thinks it's a joke. And that is where the film shines. The filmmakers don't really treat it as if it's a true story and keep the humour sharp throughout. It's more closely related to a light-hearted romantic comedy rather than a sharp-edged political memoir. But again, this is where it shines, because it's so much better than a light-hearted romantic comedy. McGregor nails his serious character, allowing us to experience his whimsical sense of humour beneath his scientific demeanor. It's a character that I instantly connected with and it has never been better written or portrayed as it was here.

To me, the second best character was Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked). (Although at this point most people would prefer to mention the foul-mouthed press secretary by Kristin Scott Thomas). The sheikh splits his time between the desert of Yemen and the beautiful flowing streams through the mountains and glens of Scotland. He wants to bring the serenity and faith that fly-fishing brings to his people in the Middle East. Dr. Jones fishes but he is not religious. The sheikh found this a very confusing dichotomy in his character until they both realized that faith is not the same thing as religion.

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is very funny and approaches political satire level. We know, and Dr, Jones knows, that fish do not survive in the desert. So obviously this is all a big joke, but as we also all know, money and power outweigh common sense. But it starts becoming clear that this might actually work after we realize that the sheikh is driven by faith – not religion, nor money. And the media comes in and creates war heroes and emotions out of nothing. As I said, the film is very funny but it doesn't skewer the politicians or media as much as we would want them to. At that point it becomes a romantic comedy.

The genre shouldn't really matter though because it's so cute and charming, and enjoyable on every level. I'm assuming the book focuses more on the political and engineering maneuvers required to bring salmon to Yemen; here we just stuck with the characters. But I loved these characters.

Reviewed by ericventura 3 / 10

Clichéd Romantic Comdedy in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen attempts to take a fresh dip in the Hollywood pool, but instead turns to the typical saltwater of movies. It does reach the level of light romantic comedy without going too far on the lovey-dovey side, yet it still embraces quite a bit of unwanted cliché. And the entire film, subject, and theme is as confused as the sheikh, who is trying to build a river suitable for salmon fishing in Yemen.

Is the film lightly satirical or lightly comedic with a hint of romance? The novel itself is a political satire, but the film adaptation seems to take the form of a romantic comedy with political satire abruptly injected into various moments. Hallström, with a deal of great movies under his belt, fails to achieve a proper blend of comedy and satire to render this movie effective. He should have strived for something like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) or American Beauty (1999). Something lightly satiric and socially critical, hidden by the main part of the film. Unfortunately, we mainly just get a cliché romantic comedy.

However, the movie is fairly well done. A comedic mid-life crisis with a hint of love is used to effectively drive the plot forward with ample character development and somewhat developed themes. Too bad the thematic development was left to drown so that the romantic relationship could be fully played out. Additionally, anything that can be seen from a mile away is usually considered boring and dull – and I could predict most of the movie's events with ease. Thank you, clichéd plot.

The film remains entertaining and interesting with contributions by Amr Waked as the mystic and visionary sheikh. Performances by McGregor and Blunt are as stale as the characters they played – mere caricatures of the trope they are based upon. But, the writing is splendid, including well-written and witty dialogue as a main form of characterization and subtle parallelism developed throughout the film. Hallström, unfortunately, could not embrace the novel and script, leaving both to be overpowered by the immensity of love. In this case, salmon fishing probably shouldn't occur in the Yemen if this film is what it yields.

Reviewed by philip-00197 5 / 10

Chick'n'cheese

Lasse Hallström often manages to steer, just, clear of getting too cheesy in his many feel-good performances - Fishing in the Yemen arguably ran aground. I am partial to most of his work - though often heavily sugarcoated he often manages to hit that feel-good sweet spot.

The film also appears to have some gender issues. It feels like an obvious chick flick has been "maskulinified" by adding a fishing component and, thankfully, omitting Hugh Grant - maybe a good enough idea on paper, but it doesn't work very well.

In an apparent attempt to blend Local Hero with Notting Hill - I can only reach the conclusion that both targets were missed.

If you are a huge fan of Lasse Hallstrom - this will probably work for you. If you are less acquainted I suggest you start with some of his other work - most of which is superior.

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