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Wild Mountain Thyme

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Flawed Irish romantic drama has bad accents, grief, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2020 102 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+


Accents embarrassing. Acting poor. It is a nice story. However poor delivery. This maybe Ireland in the 1950s Not of a reflection of 2020. Borderline ridulous. Sin é.

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Wild Mountain Thyme is a conventional romantic tale seen countless time before. John Patrick Shanley's film does thrive in being classical in some respects, as it plays up to the familiar tropes of the genre in a way that is rather comforting. But it never takes any risks, and just feels too formulaic, and cliched. It should be said that there is a distinctive Irish charm about proceedings, and some brilliantly funny moments do occur (even if they are few and far between). But that charm seems to be the only truly Irish thing about this tale, as the accents, at times, are laughably bad.

Even though it seems pedantic to pick up on this point, it's incredibly off-putting and gives the movie an unfortunate comedic tone, as though a spoof of sorts. And yes, this is mainly directed at poor Christopher Walken. That said, it's sweet at times, and the two central performances from Blunt and Dornan do impress. Once the supporting roles and storylines have been left behind, and the focus is on their romantic narrative, the movie does pick up and wins the audience back as it reaches its finale. But only just.

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