Sunday, April 29, 2012

Film Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I just saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor and it's the best film I've seen in at least a few months, if not longer. It's funny, interesting, charming and incredibly uplifting. I absolutely loved it!

The story centres around Blunt, an investment manager who gets in touch with McGregor, a government fisheries scientist with regards to a project for a Sheikh in Yemen. McGregor laughs her proposal off as ridiculous until it becomes apparent that the project could not only save his job, but the reputation of the United Kingdom as a nation. As the project moves along, it becomes clear that though they are completely different in every way, they have more in common than they could've ever imagined.

Normally, Ewan McGregor isn't my favourite, but he is fantastic in this film - super endearing and very funny. In my opinion, this is his best performance to date.

Emily Blunt is also great in the film and as usual, she is absolutely stunning! She goes from wearing classic British workwear to evening gowns to dressing for desert excavation and she looks gorgeous every time. I couldn't help but noticing how fabulous the knit pieces were that she wore in the film. The classic British style of a cardigan or sweater worn over a cute print dress with cashmere tights and riding boots or a Liberty print button-down shirt with a pencil skirt was spot on in the film and the clothes were beautiful.

I really loved the theme of faith and trust - believing in something enough to make it happen, even if you have no proof that it could work.

And the chemistry between all of the actors in the film was apparent - the casting is amazing, particularly Kristin Scott Thomas who plays the Prime Minister's Press Officer - she's brilliant.

I highly recommend Salmon Fishing in the Yemen not only for it's beautiful story and funny moments - it's also a visually beautiful film. Treat yourself to a popcorn, Diet Coke and don't forget your tissues - I wouldn't call this a tear jerker, but it definitely tugs at the heartstrings. If you've seen it already, I'd love to hear if you liked it as much as I did, so leave me a comment and tell me what you thought.

1 comment

  1. I hadn't heard of this film yet--I'll be sure to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation : ) Ewan and Emaily are some of my favs!


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