By Myah Guild
DUNSTABLE, Bedfordshire, England – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is just one of many diverse films out this year, but one worth seeing.
Directed by Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dear John) the story follows Dr. Alfred Jones, played by Ewan McGregor, as he tries to fulfil the fishing dream of Yemeni Sheikh Muhammed, played by Amr Waked. A pushy assistant, eloquently named Harriet Chetwode-Talbot and played by Emily Blunt, accompanies them.
The interesting plotline – the transporting of salmon from Britain to enable salmon to be fished in the Yemen – captures the imagination right from the start and the witty repartee exchanged between McGregor and Blunt’s characters make for some hilarious moments. The ease and natural chemistry between them adds to the film’s comfortable and relaxed feel.
Injecting some stern reality is Patricia Maxwell, the prime minister’s savvy press secretary, portrayed brilliantly by Kristin Scott Thomas. Her sharp and forthright character juxtaposes well with the casual feel of the rest of the film.
Excellent scenery as well as varied filming locations makes for some stunning and enjoyable shots as the viewer is transported from the Scottish lochs to the Yemeni desert in a matter of minutes.
Adding to the tranquil of the story is Blunt and McGregor’s implicit and slow love story, which is refreshing and new, although it is interrupted by the dramatic return of someone from her past.
Overall, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a calm and effortlessly funny comedy-drama with a great cast, excellent scenery and a fresh, intriguing story to tell.