‘Wild Mountain Thyme’

Pleasant, undemanding romantic drama surprisingly underachieving considering it’s pedigree.

Adapted from his own play (Outside Mullingar), director John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Joe Versus the Volcano) pits Irish farmholders in a dispute over a small tract of land. Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt – Sicario, A Quiet Place) refuses to sell as the neighbouring Reilly property seems to be heading for an American (Jon Hamm – Baby Driver, TV’s Mad Men)) purchase. She is looking to the only Reilly son, Anthony (Jamie Dornan – Belfast, TV’s The Tourist) not only to inherit but take a more romantic interest in his willing neighbour.

Dialogue-heavy, Wild Mountain Thyme emphasises its early beginnings with some enjoyable (albeit occasional) wry humour but it’s also somewhat underwhelming. Lots of shots of a verdant Irish countryside but a lethargic pace creates certain charm but which soon tests the patience.

Rating: 47%


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