If you’ve been dragged to a “date night” movie in the past 10 years chances are the film involved a) Nicholas Sparks, b) Post Funny Steve Carell c) shirtless adolescent males or d) vampires. Let’s just hope Nicholas Sparks isn’t penning a vampire trilogy starring a shirtless Steve Carell. Pickings are slim when it comes to the Rom-Com and good luck getting the significant other to invest an evening in Ted. Gentlemen, ladies, those wracked with gender confusion, I have a movie we can all agree on: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
I will admit I had not heard of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen until I watched the golden globes. (By the way, was Jodie Foster’s speech amazing or horrible? I honestly don’t know.) It’s available on ITunes and Amazon prime for a 5-dollar investment. I made that investment this week and I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. Salmon Fishing stars Ewan McGregor, he's been a Jedi, a heroine addict, and stared at goats and Emily Blunt who was in Looper. (By the way, spell-check makes me capitalize Jedi, well done George Lucas.) Add to that Kristen Scott Thomas from the Horse Whisperer and you’ve got a solid cast.
The movie involves Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. No the title is not at all deceptive. Blunt works for an eccentric Yemeni Sheikh who want to bring salmon fishing and agricultural development to his country. McGregor plays a fisheries expert charged with aiding the Sheikh in his endeavor on behalf of the British Government. The story is about two big-ticket ideas, love (obviously) and faith. The love component is nice and quirky with McGregor supplying the comedy. The faith aspect is interesting and well done. McGregor plays a man of science who doubts the venture entirely and the money the Sheikh seems willing to invest. The Sheikh, played by Amr Waked, provides the faith and I have to say it’s a rather evenhanded application and well done.
Yes, salmon swim upstream. Yes this activity becomes analogous with human behavior. This will happen. Be prepared. Also Al Qaeda rears it's ugly head, or at least some derivation of the organization. These are small plot points but we aim to inform.
I really enjoyed this movie. Kristen Scott Thomas was very good as well. The romantic stuff isn’t too sappy; you really like both Blunt’s and McGregor’s characters and the rest of cast works really well. I have to say, there are no car chases and that hurts my opinion but the simplicity and genuine nature of the film overcomes the lack of four-wheeled action. Gentlemen, ask your lady to spend a couple hours watching Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, you won’t be disappointed, unless you really want a car chase.