Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) Review

I didn’t get around to reading the book for this prior to watching the movie, so I can’t really make a comparison; however, after watching the movie I think it’s safe to say that the book is probably has more meat.  The movie didn’t really seem to have a central focus—I wasn’t sure if I was watching a love story or if the point was the political aspect of it.  Of course it wasn’t really about the salmon; they were just helpers of making a point.

Emily Blunt’s character was charming of course, as expected, though I’m not sure if I entirely believed how they developed the relationship between her and Ewan McGregor’s character.  They seemed to jump from working relationship banter to hey, I think I’m totally head over heels in love with you.

It wasn’t too clear to me whether we were supposed to walk away from this film with a sense of hope, or if the film was supposed to be saying that peace in the Middle East is just not going to happen.  Or maybe it was saying that in order to achieve it, we’d have to really push hard like salmon against the current.  I can’t say I’m entirely sure, though I suppose that would make sense since the movie revolved around salmon.  Anyway, here’s my ratings breakdown for this movie:

Originality: **
Picture: ****
Sound: ****
Story: ***
Casting: ***
Re-watch Factor: **
Overall: **

FINAL VERDICT: C-

Watching this movie wasn’t a bad experience, by any means, though the story did move at a fairly slow pace.  For me it was like reading a very description-heavy book.  It’s good for if you’re in just the right mood.

Got a couple more entries to plug out, but not entirely sure when I’ll get around to them.  Hopefully soon!  See you all then!

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