Film Friday: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Every so often, a small film comes out that seems to fly under the radar. An example of this is the 2011 film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Well this film did not go completely unnoticed, it was nominated for three Golden Globes when it came out.However I sometimes feel that more people should have seen it when it did because it truly is a pleasant and inspiring film.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen follows a fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor), who is contacted by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the Yemen.

The concept of the film is a bit unique and hard to grasp at times, nevertheless it stands surprisingly well on its own. While salmon and fish may be the physical purpose in the film, faith even more so prevails as the underlying theme of it all. See, the endeavors of McGregor and Blunt's characters initiates this upward journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. Not only are they working to prove the success of the project to others, but they are also trying to ignite faith and hope in themselves. It goes to show that no matter how impossible it may seem, when there's a will, there's a way. It is only a matter of having faith in yourself and in your endeavors.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a charming and feel good movie. It is especially carried through by its talented cast. Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor give strong performances in the film, working off each other with great chemistry. Based on the fictional 2007 novel of the same name by Paul Torday, the film's adaptation of the story felt a bit weak at times. The plot is rushed into right away, puzzling to some as it progresses. Eventually all is smoothed out, but even the end felt a bit unfinished, tying up loose ends a little too quickly. Nevertheless the film is enjoyable overall.

One of my favorite parts of the film was the imagery. Great shots were filled with deep meaning. One of which that stood out to me the most was that of Ewan McGregor turning around in a crowd and walking the other way, imitating the flow of a salmon in the film. These parallels between the project and the people adds even more to the impact of the film. With comedy, drama, and even romance, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen presents a light and charming film to audiences. I fully recommend the film and the message faith it brings with it.

On the Ticket Stub Love meter, I give Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 4 out 5 ticket stubs.

[Article originally published 04/21/2017]

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