Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Theater: Regal Tara Cinemas 4
Snack: Caramel Popcorn and Coke
This was probably the worst movie experience I've ever had. Not because of the movie, which I enjoyed. Nor because of the theater, which has apparently been renovated since the last time I was there and is now a really nice space to watch a movie. No, the problem was that a few minutes before the movie started, I began to feel sick to my stomach. Long story short, I ended up projectile vomiting in the bathroom. Not a great opening act for a movie to follow. Was it the food from the theater? Well, I didn't finish any of it just to be on the safe side, but I don't really know (and there did not appear to be an epidemic of sick movie-goers that day). It was definitely something I ate, though. Once I had emptied my stomach I felt fine, if a little gross. So, that incident tainted this week's movie-going experience, but even so, I stayed and watched the whole movie.
As for the movie itself, I enjoyed it. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are both very appealing actors and they have really good chemistry here. The story is fun, too. I particularly enjoyed Kristin Scott Thomas as the aggressively disingenuous bureaucrat hell-bent on generating positive PR. For all that I liked the film, I did leave with a couple of complaints. There are mild spoilers involved in discussing them, so if you are reading this and are concerned about such things, consider yourself warned. There is a scene in the film that is almost action-movie-esque, where Ewan McGregor's character disarms a would be assassin with a skilled casting of a fishing line. It just felt ridiculously incongruous with the tone of the rest of the film. I understand that the scene exists to cement the relation ship of McGregor's character and the sheikh character, but surely there was a less absurd way to accomplish this. I also felt that the subplot with the boyfriend of the Emily Blunt character was an unnecessary diversion. Again, I understand the reason it exists from a story perspective, as a dramatic obstacle to our two leads getting together. I just found that the third act "surprise" with the character was completely unsurprising and that this complication just wasn't needed to give the relationship between the lead characters a satisfying arc. Still, these flaws are not crippling. This may not be one of the great films, but it is a good one.
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