SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Main Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas
Supporting Cast: Amr Waked, Catherine Steadman, Tom Mison
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Released by: Ayala Mall Cinemas
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
Movie Info: When Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh’s (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a “good will” story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. –CBS Films
The Positive: Despite the weird title, the movie has charm provided by the engaging chemistry of McGregor and Blunt. The strength of the film lies in their performance.
The production value of a little British movie like this one is quite amazing.
The Negative: In contrast to the salmon that swims upstream, the movie has lost its edge because of narrative flaws.
Memorable Line: “It’s theoretically possible in the same way as a manned mission to Mars is theoretically possible.”
STARMOMETER SCORE: 7/10
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