Amr Waked reels in Ewan McGregor to the desert kingdom in Lasse Hallström's 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The Buzz: Directed by Lance Hallstrom, based on a script by Simon Beaufoy, writer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
The Stars: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas
The Story: Fred (McGregor), a fisheries expert is approached by Harriet (Blunt), a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. Both embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.
inSing.com thinks: The title of the film pretty much sums it all up. This romantic comedy about the seemingly impossible becoming possible surrounds itself with a bunch of ideas and subplots, but it’s a difficult swim upstream to make it work, particularly in the last half hour.
Assigned to work on the project, Blunt and McGregor are attached to different people, and actually show little chemistry together. Still, they come together despite their obvious differences.
Kristin Scott Thomas, as the PR person in charge of the British PM’s affairs, is the only one that doesn’t have any angst or doubts, and who appears to be having the most fun in the film.
Amr Waked, who plays the Sheikh, feels underwritten, providing Yoda-ish philosophical advice at various points.
The film provides mild laughs, but several melodramatic moments, including terrorist attacks and the return of someone from the dead, keep it from really reaching any real poignancy.
What starts out as a fun idea starts to sink quickly, and Hallstrom tries to send some waves through the story, barely managing to keep the film afloat.