What a goofy title…
But if you’re seeking truth in advertising that’s what SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is really about.
This British offering is an unusual entry from the director of CHOCOLAT and THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, Lasse Hallstrom and Oscar-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and FULL MONTY writer Simon Beaufoy.
The film is based on the popular book by Paul Torday.
But if you think that this is your typical fishing story—a weekend in the Ozarks perhaps—think again.
What we’ve got here is an ‘Inspirational Comedy’ about a visionary sheik (Amr Waked) who believes that his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people. And towards that end attempts to bring the sport to his desert domicile.
But face it, this isn’t a fish-friendly desert.
Yet with money being no object the sheik instructs his representative Emily Blunt to turn his dream into reality.
Her best bet to accomplish the near-impossible is through Britain’s leading fisheries expert Ewan McGregor who thinks the whole project is nuts and unachievable.
But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary Kristin Scott Thomas sees it as a terrific good will story for her boss and the country, reluctantly agrees to the task of successfully ‘importing’ swarms of salmon to the Yemen desert region.
"Did I miss April Fools Day?" he quips as he now struggles hand in hand with Blunt on the project.
Ah, but complications ensue!
McGregor leaves his loved one in London while HER squeeze turns up missing in military action.
You guessed it, McGregor and Blunt soon find each other—only to have her missing soldier suddenly reappear, making for an odd triangle.
Add a Muslim terrorist attack on the newly constructed desert salmon fields and you’re dealing with a most awkward, yet strangely endearing whimsical romantic comedy.
Yeap, it’s SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and it’s definitely not for every taste—mine included.
But hey, I’m raising 3 out of 5 skeptical fingers. Go figure.
The movie opens this weekend on half a dozen local screens.
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