Rating: 5 (Out of 5 Reels)


I am usually pleasantly entertained by BBC Film productions mainly because I adore British wit.  I admire smart funny films and abhor stupid, supposedly funny films.  This film, in fact, is a smart funny film.  Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a fisheries expert is approached by Harriet (Emily Blunt), a consultant to help realize Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on a seemingly impossible journey to try to make it happen.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film in particular because of McGregor and Blunt and I admire both as excellent actors who can easily carry any film, in my opinion.  It also helps that McGregor has been in several romantic comedies/dramas and I have loved most of them over the years.  I appreciate how Dr. Jones acts in the beginning, because he thinks it is absolutely bonkers to move salmon to theYemen.  Blunt is somewhat new to the scene for me at least, but I did also enjoy her role as QueenVictoria in YOUNG VICTORIA a few years ago.  Waked portrays a convincing sheik and I did enjoy his part in this film (he is as easy on the eyes as McGregor).

There are no special effects to speak of in this film and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the technical aspects.  Images of the construction of the sheik’s river and subsequent filling and such play out with perfection and I appreciate the nice blending of desert and this miraculous river. This film is visually and musically done extremely well and the storyline, while predictable to a degree, pleases too.  As usual, if nothing stands out to me then all is well.

All in all, this film is well written, acted and made and I would recommend it to anyone.  Although, I don’t recommend paying full price for anything, this one would be worth it.

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