This romantic/comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt revolves around the debate about theory versus faith when it comes to bringing fishing to an unfit area and love. All be it predictable (because what romantic comedies aren’t?) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a worthy addition to the genre. It has great wit from several characters and well as some legitimate drama that really makes you feel what the characters are going through.
They story follows Dr Alfred Jones (McGregor) is a fishery expert who is in a fun/love starved marriage that has to take an assignment (or lose his job) when called upon by financial consultant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Blunt) under hire of the Sheikh (Amr Waked) to bring salmon fishing to Yemen. Yemen natives view this as an attempt at westernizing their country and are upset with the Sheikh. Also, Harriet’s boyfriend goes MIA in Afghanistan believed to be dead, so the film’s stars are away from their loved ones both figuratively and literally. While Jones comes to terms with the fact that his wife cares more about her job and his job rather than his needs as a person, he begins falling for Harriet and there lies the drama. In case my synopsis was confusing here’s the trailer:
This movie has its share of laughs, romance, and drama thanks to some superb acting. McGregor does puts on a good performance showing this narrow minded, strict man that wants to improve his boring life who has to abandon his trust in theories and develop faith in what they are trying to accomplish. As Harriet, Blunt is great at showing the professional side of her character as well as the fun girl hidden underneath, who also needs there to be a change in her life. Someone that other reviews have been failing to mention was Kristin Scott Thomas’ performance as the public relations manager for the Prime Minister of England, an uptight woman that knows what has to be done to improve the image of her boss.
Overall, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has well timed comedic moments and banter between all the drama surrounding the situation. But I felt there were more opportunities for comedy that may have made this a little more light-hearted instead of flat out depressing at times. I give it a 7/10. I am not much of a romantic comedy fan so that is pretty good in my book.