By Punch Correspondent Darryl Keeton
On Tuesday evening, the British Embassy of Washington featured a private screening of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”at AMC Theatres in Georgetown. Book enthusiasts may recognize the title from the Paul Torday novel of the same name.
“Salmon Fishing” is the story of a British fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who has been recruited to bring to life a sheikâ€™s (Amr Waked) vision of bringing salmon fishing to a desert valley in Yemen. The idea is as ridiculous as it sounds (think “Mission Impossible’ with fish) but what begins as an improbable idea develops into a passion for everyone involved. Emily Blunt plays the sheikâ€™s consultant tasked with securing the project and assisting in execution of the plan. The movie takes off when the British Prime Ministerâ€™s motivated press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) pushes all the right buttons to get the project underway.
This is a warning to Pamelaâ€™s Punch readers. Do not make the mistake of overlooking this movie. It is a hilarious combination of a political satire and a romantic comedy delivered in balanced performances by an excellent cast. Fans of Emily Blunt who have come to expect her camera-ready smile and adorable charm will not be disappointed and Ewan McGregor doesnâ€™t miss a beat with his portrayal of the quick-witted scientist Dr. Alfred Jones.
The film was adapted from the novel by Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy (“Slum Dog Millionaire”, “127 Hours”) and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“Cider House Rules”, “Chocolat”). It hits U.S. theatres March 2, 2012.
Check out the trailer at www.fishingintheyemen.com.
***Darryl Keeton is a distribution executive in the asset management industry. He and his wife Zoe Rodriguez-Keeton share a passion for adventure, travel and sports.Â Contact him at email@example.com.***
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.