Tuesday, February 2, 2021

[DVD Review]—Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)

Last Tuesday, I received a press release about the Wild Mountain Thyme, which comes out on DVD today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Despite knowing very little about the film, I went ahead and requested a screener on the sheer fact that the lovely and talented Emily Blunt was in it. Whenever I sign up to review a movie, it doesn't necessarily mean I will get anything. So, to my surprise, I received the DVD three days later, which is the fastest I have ever received a screener.

Wild Mountain Thyme (PG-13; 103 minutes) is an Irish romantic flick from writer/director John Patrick Shanley, the screenwriter who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Moonstruck (1988). It's an adaptation of Shanley's play Outside Mullingar. The film stars Jamie Dornan as Anthony Reilly, a stubborn 30-something farmer who lives next door to the headstrong Rosemary Muldoon (played by Emily Blunt). They have had a crush on each other since they were young. However, because of a misunderstood incident during their childhood, they are nothing more than neighbors.

Well, that is until Anthony's ailing father, Tony (played by Christopher Walken), decides to sell their family's land to his American nephew, Adam Kelly (played by John Hamm). Why? Tony believes his son is never going to have a family of his own. Thus, he wants Kelly to have the land.

What happens next? Anthony and Rosemary attempt to move past their stubbornness and admit their true feelings for each other.

There are no special features or bonus extras on the DVD. Not even one single commentary!

I had never even heard of Wild Mountain Thyme before its arrival on DVD. After doing a quick internet search, I learned the movie debuted in the theaters on December 11, 2020, and received mostly negative reviews from film critics. Now, I don't trust today's mainstream movie critics. I tend to like the films they dislike, and that's the case for Wild Mountain Thyme. The critics complained about the fake Irish accents, the sentimental plot, and the slow pacing.

Fake Irish accents! Well, it's called acting. Isn't it?

The accents didn't bother me at all. Yes, it should have had an all-Irish cast. However, does it really matter as long as the acting is good? And, yes, this film has a superb cast. Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan give standout performances, but for me, the scene-stealer is Christopher Walken.

What's wrong with a slow-moving sentimental plot? Seriously, tell me what's wrong with this!

Overall, Wild Mountain Thyme is well-crafted romantic fluff with great performances from its cast. Is it for everyone's liking? Probably not. However, for me, this movie was enjoyable. —★★★★✰

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