Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen review

I went to see this film today and was pleasantly surprised.  Ewan McGregor stars as Dr Alfred  (Fred) Jones a scientist with aspergers syndrome who is asked by Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (an excellent Emily Blunt) to help with a project to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen.  Unsurprisingly, as the government expert in salmon fishing, Fred informs her that her client the sheikh (Amr Waked) would be better off wasting his money on buying a football team.  When the Prime Ministers Press Secretary Patricia Maxwell (a film-stealing Kristin Scott Thomas) decides it is a good press story to help with Anglo-Yemeni relations, the unlikely vision is given the help it needed.  This sets the groundwork for romance and militant sabotage, but ultimately culminates in a feel-good ending.  For me, Kristin Scott Thomas is the best thing about the movie in a role not unlike her excellent Fiona in Four Weddings, where I feel she is proving to producers she would have made an informed choice to play Margaret Thatcher in the recent Iron Lady.  Brilliant British movie.

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