Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Great Little British Movie

Last night we were very tired after church and wanted to sit quietly and watch a movie on tv.  There was absolutely nothing playing that interested us but one title caught our attention, more because it sounded like the most ho hum boring sort of movie ever.  What a delightful surprise though.  We loved it and made ourselves late to bed sitting up watching it.  Apparently it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, but not being movie buffs we had not heard of it previously.

It is a delightful British Comedy Drama filmed in 2010 in the UK and Morocco and is titled "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen".  It is based on a novel of the same name by Paul Torday.  The premise is ridiculous and fun.  The romance relationship is charming and hilarious.  The script is witty in that "only the British" way that we love.

I won't say any more about it, other than it stars Ewan McGregor, Kirstin Scott Thomas, Emily Blunt and the ridiculously handsome Amr Waked as the sheik.  McGregor plays a character with Aspergers that is not over acted, not silly nor caricatured.  He does an amazing job.  Kirstin Scott Thomas is hilarious and Emily Blunt's character is nicely understated and real.

The title of this movie nearly put me right off even attempting to watch it as it sounded like a documentary, which I was not in the mood for last night.  What a lovely surprise this film was to me.  Now I am going to seek out a copy of the novel, knowing in advance that I am going to enjoy it immensely.

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