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Sorrel not sorrel. You’d have to be a tarragon of virtue to hold off on those puns.
Okay, I’ll stop the chive talking and let you know what I think of the new trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme, which has garnered horror and astonishment in equal measure since it appeared yesterday.
The film stars Jamie Dornan as Irish farmer Anthony Reilly, and Emily Blunt as neighbouring farmer Rosemary Muldoon. The main bones of contention are the accents and the stereotypes. Even Ireland’s Leprechaun Museum had something to say about it:
So now the leprechauns have spoken, what we really need to know is, what did the elves think of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga?
Judging from the trailer, Wild Mountain Thyme looks like a mildly amusing Sunday early evening BBC serial that runs for 25 years without anyone really realising, finally picking up a BAFTA for Best TV Show Ever. I quite liked the falling off a wall gag – though I do have young children so anything even one step up from a fart joke is a win for me.
Here’s the synopsis, which is helpfully so long you probably don’t need to see the film:
An epic love story with soaring lyricism, WILD MOUNTAIN THYME is set against the breath-taking landscapes of rural Ireland, where everyone is half mad with loneliness or love, and the weather is terrible. Anthony and Rosemary are star-crossed lovers, whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms. Anthony (Dornan) always seems to be out in the fields working, worn down by his father’s constant belittling. But what really stings is his father’s threat to bequeath the family farm to his American cousin Adam. Rosemary (Blunt) at first seems to hold a grudge for having been shamed by Anthony in childhood, but the sparks between them would keep a bonfire blazing through the night. Her mother Aoife strives to unite the families before it is too late. Just when we think Anthony will pluck up the courage to face up to his repressed feelings, cousin Adam (Hamm) steps in with a plan to sweep Rosemary off her feet, romancing her over a magical 24 hours in Manhattan. But true love is never defeated!
Wild Mountain Thyme is written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and based on his play Outside Mullingar. The movie is out in the US on 11 December 2020 but as yet there’s no UK release date. It also stars Christopher Walken and John Hamm.
And here’s the poster, another useful addition to the “murderers who pull off their victims’ heads with their bare hands” genre: