Wild Mountain Thyme

               review by Bobby Blakey

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In a year that’s been stressful and full of more bad news than good the one thing it probably needs more of is love and laughter. The latest film Wild Mountain Thyme starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken looks to blend that together. Could this film bring the heart it promises or will it be an Irish tale not worth telling?

Wild Mountain Thyme follows John Patrick Shanley, who created the classic MOONSTRUCK, brings his sweeping romantic vision to Ireland with Wild Mountain Thyme. The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony's plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew, Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale. 

Heading into this film I had high hopes thanks to the cast involved and while the accents are a bit hit and miss from some the film as a whole delivers. This could have been a pretty straight forward romantic comedy, but the Irish setting and quirky characters helps it to stand out as something more. The accents aside the performances were great across the board. Each person brings something unique to their character making for a fun group of interactions from beginning to end.

Both Blunt and Dornan give strange performances that offer up unique and sometimes awkward characters. They have great chemistry and their exchanges are so fun to watch, especially a long one closer to the end of the film. It speaks so much to who the characters are and does a great job bringing it all together. I love that Ireland itself plays a major role in the film to really show you what seems like a whole new world. It’s beautiful and lavish landscapes are stunning to look at and will no doubt bring a smile to your face all by themselves.

This is an emotional journey for numerous characters complete with love, loss, laughs and hope all wrapped up in a great and often strange love story worth checking out. Grab your copy of Wild Mountain Thyme available now on digital and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.