Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [Blu-ray]

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [Blu-ray]
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  • 254 REVIEWS EWAN MCGREGOR
  • 211 REVIEWS EMILY BLUNT
  • 249 REVIEWS SALMON FISHING
  • 217 REVIEWS FISHING IN THE YEMEN
  • 111 REVIEWS SCOTT THOMAS
  • 77 REVIEWS KRISTIN SCOTT
  • 112 REVIEWS STORY LINE
  • 78 REVIEWS HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • 48 REVIEWS AMR WAKED
  • 179 REVIEWS FEEL GOOD
  • 34 REVIEWS MIDDLE EAST
  • 110 REVIEWS WELL ACTED
  • 111 REVIEWS REALLY ENJOYED
  • 50 REVIEWS FLY FISHING
  • 403 REVIEWS GREAT MOVIE
  • 29 REVIEWS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED
  • 21 REVIEWS PRESS SECRETARY
  • 22 REVIEWS PAUL TORDAY
  • 148 REVIEWS MCGREGOR AND EMILY
  • 26 REVIEWS FISHERIES EXPERT
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Top Positive Review


I enjoy Lasse Hallstr?m movies. Watched this one a while back but it popped up on my screen and I thought I should rate it out of love for a delightful little modern tale of heroes and heroins. As with any good story they achieve an impossible dream for the greater good, and find each other in the process. It is just too bad with the obligatory bedroom scenes although by today’s standards they were quite tame. The points they illustrated in the bedroom could have been made in clever and not so lazy ways. We could have found out some other way that Ewan was in a bad marriage; that Blunt found his presence comforting–well, Ok that one was very chaste and sweet, he just comforted her, but why in bed? There were also other more intelligent ways to tell us that she felt misunderstood and alienated from her lost-and-found boyfriend. All in all, an uplifting little fable (As an aside, I was amused to learn that thousands of American tourists have tried to find “that place” where they introduced salmon into the Yemen! That we could think such place exists is a credit to the movie and to the magic of storytelling. BTW, the Yemen scenes were filmed in Africa).

Top Critical Review


I’ve seldom been more torn by a film. On one hand, the concept is novel, the visuals sumptuous, the music score affecting, and much of the dialogue crackles. There were times when the movie swept me away. But the soldier boy subplot is horribly manipulative and the ending ridiculously contrived. Ewan McGregor’s character should not have been married; his ache for Emily Blunt would have been more powerful if he was a lonely single man. And as appealing as they are, he did after all make a vow to his wife in the film something along the lines of staying together for better or worse. I doubt there was an opt out where “If fate should happen to throw you together with Emily Blunt, then by all means moon over her instead.” The soldier boy character should have been junked too. His character makes little sense and seems shoehorned in. At one point he says something to Blunt that indicates he intends to fight for her. Then in the very next breath, without any motivation, he does a complete 180 which is jarring and untruthful. There’s too much obvious “raising the stakes” in the formulaic screenplay, trying to make it all “big” and tying it in with world events. This is most exemplified in the Kristin Scott Thomas character. She proves she’s a dynamic actress and that she is able to dominate a scene, but I found her overly broad, one-note and cartoonish. The movie would have worked better if it had been quieter, more intimate and indie. As it is, it’s merely an excuse to pair McGregor and Blunt in a romantic setting and watch the sparks fly. And they do and that’s enjoyable. There are many good films with contrived story lines, but very few great ones. Alas, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is content to fall well short of greatness.

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