McGregor and Blunt Are Oscar Bait in Exclusive ‘Salmon Fishing’ TV Spot

Salmon FishingIf the new trailer is any indication, the upcoming Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt movie Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has got plenty of sole. It’s fair to say that the film never flounders with the tough emotions. In fact, one might conclude that it scales pretty high in comparison to some of the other flukes that have won recently. And sure, it might be foolish to plaice such heavy emphasis on a minute-long trailer. Some might even say that the preview takes too sweet an angler. But if you’re going to carp about something like that, you’re clearly having trouble herring the message. If you don’t pike up your spirits and embrace Lasse Halström’s new movie, you’ll be saury.

A skeptical fisheries expert (McGregor) is employed by a Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) to bring the prospect of salmon fishing to the inhospitable climate of Yemen. The expert is filled with skepticism regarding the sheikh’s stance that introducing the practice of fishing to the community will have a spiritually significant effect on its people, but is motivated to undertake the task when the British Prime Minister’s press secretary (Blunt) latches onto the project as a human interest story. The trailer depicts the story of this undertog team of misfits working together towards this abstract and unlikely mission with a sweetness that makes Salmon Fishing in the Yemen look to be one of the upcoming year’s must-see movies.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen comes out March 9. 

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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