The first trailer for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has gone online. The story centers on a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) and PR consultant (Emily Blunt) who are thrown together to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen at the behest of a sheik (Amr Waked) and the Prime Minister’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas). I found the film surprisingly witty and funny when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, but those qualities are almost non-existent in this trailer beyond Thomas’ scene-stealing performance. Instead, the trailer plays up the romantic, life-affirming aspects in a heavy-handed, saccharine fashion. It’s also probably not the best idea to finish up your trailer with a character saying, “I don’t have a sense of humor, as you recall.”
Hit the jump to check out the disappointing trailer. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 2, 2012.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen:
A visionary sheik has a big dream — to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on for its potential as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.