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.