John Patrick Shanley, director and writer of the memorable ’Moonstruck’ bring us ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ – memorable in a different way. It’s a romantic comedy set in the Irish countryside with two main characters who don’t realize they are meant to be together. Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has been in love with her neighbour Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan) since they were 10 years old. Rosemary is aggressive and brash and dedicated to her farm, Anthony is shy and appears to have no clue that Rosemary has liked him all these years. Everyone in their farming community know they are meant for each other — except Anthony. Of course by just reading this you know how this film will end, but you have to sit through a lot of manure before.
Anthony has spent his entire life working on the family farm alongside his father Tony (Christopher Walken). The ageing Tony blindsides Anthony with his plan to sell the farm to Adam (Jon Hamm), his wealthy handsome successful nephew from New York City because Tony doubts Anthony has what it takes to run it. But when Adam comes to visit, his obvious interest in Rosemary complicates the situation further (what, there are no available women to date in NYC?). And when Rosemary goes to NYC for one day (yes, one day) to visit Adam it looks like Anthony might have missed out.
With everything that’s important to him about to slip through his fingers, Anthony has to move quickly to move in and sweep Rosemary off her feet (though he can barely put two words together in the meantime). But a series of losses and his own certainty that he is unlovable leaves his future with Rosemary in doubt. Drivel such as this should’ve been made into a television movie. ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ has no drama or suspense, especially in the last ten minutes of the film – a rain-soaked over-dramatic and over-the-top scene that cements (unfortunately does not drown) Anthony and Rosemary’s relationship. There’s so much rain I was kinda hoping they would wash away. Now that would’ve been a suspenseful and dramatic film!
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