Sunday, April 8, 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Faith, Fish, Folly

What the Brits do best at the movies is to poke fun at themselves. Eccentric characters in absurd situations is their bread — better make that popcorn — and butter.

In this inspirational rom-com, Dr. Alfred Jones, (Ewan McGregor) a British fisheries expert, is one of these lovable loons. Still, when he's approached to carry out mega-rich Sheikh Muhammed's quixotic plan, even he's struck by the ridiculousity of the project.

Don't worry, he's soon on board, along with the sheikh's assistant (love-interest-to-be) Emily Blunt, and the British Prime minister's press secretary, the hysterically cynical Kristin Scott Thomas. It was she who glommed onto the sheikh's impossible dream to help her boss offset bad news from that part of the world.

And so the stage is set and the preposterous plan unfolds in a way that would make Kafka smile. After all, it was he who said, "Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza."
Just listen.

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