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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

salmon2This movie is like 4 movies at the same time. The obvious love story. The mission. The backroom political games. The life changes.  Problem is, it too often feels like 4 different movies.

Ewan McGregor is Dr. Alfred Jones, world-renowned fisheries expert and I’m guessing by the clues, has Asperger’s Syndrome. He gets involved in a project by an uber-rich Yemeni sheikh trying to bring salmon fishing to Yemen. Of course, the answer seems an obvious huh? They don’t have the water or cold temperatures.

However, after backroom politics, politic spin monsters, and more money than brains, they’re doing it.

Mix in love lost, love found, assassination plots, political schemes, fishing, and an excellent cast including Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison and it should have been like shooting fish in a barrel. Here’s the rub, it too often leans into trite and has a hard time reeling back because the stories don’t connect to hook us.

The novel, by Paul Torday is salmon1a remarkable series of emails, text messages, interviews, and testimony extracts, but the only depth in the movie adaptation was in the water for the fish.

I don’t regret watching it, it was a charming film with some funny moments. I just wanted more from this book and cast. No worries, there are plenty more fish in the sea. 😉salmon4

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3 thoughts on “SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

  1. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
    This movie sounds like an interesting movie. Ewan McGregor is in it…and I always like the things he does.

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