December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

December 21, 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (United Kingdom -2011)

When it's over, I am smitten by this film.  The story's a bit off the beaten path, but the themes are classic.  If you want a feel good film, this is it.  There are tears, laughs, and a few surprises. When Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan MacGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) for a wealthy Sheik (Amr Waked) to develop a way to bring fly fishing to the Middle East, Jones ventures on a personal journey of faith, love, and life changing decisions.  It is the cast that brings the story to life. They are fantastic, and thanks to Simon Beaufoy's excellent screen adaptation of Paul Torday's novel, each character has their very own distinctive voice.  MacGregor nails the homely fisheries expert perfectly; Blunt is courageous, yet vulnerable; and Kristin Scott Thomas is a comedic vixen as Patricia Maxwell, publicist to the Prime Minister.  Many people are turned off by this film, believing it to be a fishing story, and although there are scenes of fishing, this is not a fishing story.  It's a story about believing in the impossible and having faith in things that are out of our control.

My rating: 4 out of 5

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