Morgan** lent me Salmon Fishing In The Yemen – and I loved it. I have since read various online reviews which were unbelievably snooty about the film. Well, I don’t care- I thought it was fun!
It is clearly aimed at a middle-aged, middle-class, middle England audience. Not at the ‘film critic of the Guardian’ or whoever. And as such, this happy little ‘feelgood film’ hits it target bang on!
Scottish Ewan McGregor [who I suspect may turn into an Alec Guinness clone as he gets older] plays the buttoned up scientist, who helps Emily Blunt in her attempt make a dream come true for her boss [the Very Rich Sheik] Kristin Scott Thomas is a sharp tongued political spokesperson, who let nothing get in her way to achieve the desired result. [I believe there are some head teachers like that]
Filmed in London, Scotland and
Yemen Morocco [!], it shows lovely scenery and there are some great characters. I am told [by those who know] that the author’s portrayal of ‘the bureaucracy surrounding how the Civil Service organises such things’ is uncannily accurate.
I am looking forward to reading Paul Torday’s book, on which the film was based, as I understand it has a slightly different ending. The DVD Morgan lent me has some extras – including an interesting interview with Torday.
If you are old enough to remember the TV ad below, you are probably in the right demographic to enjoy Mr McGregor’s performance!
**If you can, please do pray for Morgan and her family at the moment, as her husband is quite unwell in hospital- and she is driving most days to see him [and it’s a 60 mile round trip]