Wild Mountain Thyme (film)

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Wild Mountain Thyme
Wild Mountain Thyme (film).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley
Screenplay byJohn Patrick Shanley
Based onOutside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
Produced by
CinematographyStephen Goldblatt
Edited byIan Blume
Music byAmelia Warner
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • 11 December 2020 (2020-12-11) (United States)
  • 30 April 2021 (2021-04-30) (United Kingdom)
Running time
102 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
Budget$5.5 million[1]
Box office$1.3 million[2][3]

Wild Mountain Thyme is a 2020 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play Outside Mullingar. The film stars Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm, Dearbhla Molloy and Christopher Walken.

Wild Mountain Thyme was released in the United States on 11 December 2020, by Bleecker Street and in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2021, by Lionsgate via PVOD.


Set in the countryside of County Westmeath, Ireland, two introverted misfits in their late 30s have lived in adjacent farms their whole lives. Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) is in love with Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan), but he fails to show interest.

In a flashback to their childhood, Anthony smells a flower and gets some pollen on his nose. A girl named Fiona laughs at Anthony, so Rosemary pushes her in anger. Anthony, in turn, pushes Rosemary down. Seeing that she is upset, Rosemary's father plays the score to the ballet Swan Lake and tells her she's the white swan.

In the present, Tony Reilly (Christopher Walken) claims his son, Anthony, isn't sane and takes after an uncle who died by suicide. Anthony hears a voice in the fields that tells him "Go," though he does not reveal to where. Tony plans to disinherit Anthony. He fears his misanthropic son won't marry and have children, leading to the end of the Reilly legacy. Tony considers selling the farm to his American nephew Adam (Jon Hamm), who works in banking in New York City. Determined to inherit the farm, Anthony plans to propose to Rosemary. Unfortunately, he loses his late mother's ring outdoors and cannot find it. He uses a metal detector to search for the ring in his free time.

At Tony's 75th birthday party, Adam arrives in a rented Rolls-Royce and flirts with Rosemary. She likes that Adam is direct and extroverted. He asks her to visit him in New York.

Rosemary's mother falls ill and dies. Tony decides to not sell to Adam, as it would ruin any chance of Anthony and Rosemary getting together. Not long after, Tony is on his death bed. He apologizes to Anthony for not having faith and almost selling the farm. They reconcile and say they love each other. Tony dies that night.

Rosemary and Anthony now live alone. She tries to get closer to him, but he pushes her away and suggests she leave Ireland altogether. Rosemary flies to New York to visit Adam. They attend a performance of Swan Lake and have dinner. Adam suggests Rosemary's longing for Anthony is making her miserable. She resists giving up hope.

After returning home, Rosemary finds Anthony on her property with his metal detector. She gruffly invites him to her house, where they fight about his difficulty accepting love. Anthony confesses a secret that ruined past relationships: he believes he's a honeybee and she is a flower. Rosemary reveals that she found Anthony's ring, and he finally proposes. He tells her the voice in the fields has been instructing him to go to her all along.

In the local pub, the two happily sing "Wild Mountain Thyme", while everyone (including their deceased parents) sings along.



It was announced in May 2019 that John Patrick Shanley would write and direct an adaptation of his play Outside Mullingar, starring Jamie Dornan and Holliday Grainger[4] By August, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, Christopher Walken and Dearbhla Molloy were added to the cast, with Blunt replacing Grainger in her role, and Molloy reprising her role from the play.[5]


Filming began in Crossmolina, County Mayo, Ireland on 30 September 2019.[6] It continued in Ballina, County Mayo and lasted over five weeks.[1] Mount Nephin was prominently displayed in the film.


It was released in the United States on 11 December 2020.[7] The trailer was released on 10 November 2020,[8][9] and was criticized for its inaccurate Irish accents and rehashing of hackneyed stereotypes.[10][11][12] Shanley stated that no one would understand the characters if they sounded like his relatives spoke, and "you have to make the accent more accessible to a global audience".[1]

It was the eighth-most rented film on FandangoNow in its debut weekend.[13]

The film was only released on DVD on 2 February 2021[14] with no Blu-ray or 4K UHD format released.


The soundtrack album was released digitally in December 2020, featuring Amelia Warner's score and an original song by Sinéad O'Connor.[15]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 25% of 130 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Fatally undermined by dodgy accents and a questionable story, Wild Mountain Thyme is a baffling misfire for a talented filmmaker and impressive cast."[16] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100 based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "C−" and wrote: "Shanley, whose script for Moonstruck suggests that he once had a slightly tighter handle on this sort of thing, brings his play 'Outside Mullingar' to the screen like he's trying to fill every close-up with enough whimsical enchantment to reach the back row of a Broadway theater. The lethal intensity of this effect cannot be overstated; the only logical explanation for what happened here is that someone planted a bomb in Shanley's editing bay and timed it to explode if any cut of Wild Mountain Thyme dipped below 50 kilohertz of cartoon Irish charm per minute."[18] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a positive review: "The gentle spirit of Wild Mountain Thyme envelops us early, to the extent that, midway through, even though there is very little left to resolve, we are in its spell."[19]

Patricia Danaher of the Irish Independent, while critical of the accents, thought it was "actually quite good" and "worth a watch".[20] Donald Clarke of The Irish Times gave it 1 out of 5 and said "the accents certainly aren't so bad as many have suggested. But this is still stunningly regressive stuff."[21]


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  3. ^ "Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  4. ^ Jamie Dornan & Holliday Grainger To Star In John Patrick Shanley's 'Wild Mountain Thyme', HanWay Launches Sales — Cannes
  5. ^ 'Wild Mountain Thyme': Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, Christopher Walken & Dearbhla Molloy Join Romance Feature
  6. ^ Emily Blunt to Star With Jamie Dornan in John Patrick Shanley's 'Wild Mountain Thyme' for Bleecker Street
  7. ^ Smith, Nigel (October 9, 2020). "Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan on Playing Lovers in Wild Mountain Thyme, a 'Strange Poem of a Film'". People. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  8. ^ WILD MOUNTAIN THYME | Official Trailer | Bleecker Street
  9. ^ "Wild Mountain Thyme Coming Soon". Filmoria.co.uk. 11 November 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Clarke, Donald (November 11, 2020). "Wild Mountain Thyme trailer: What in the name of holy bejaysus is this cowpat?". The Irish Times. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dodgy accents and corny Irish clichés pepper 'Wild Mountain Thyme' – and that was just the trailer". The Irish Independent.
  12. ^ Rory Carroll (11 November 2020). "Wild Mountain Thyme trailer blamed for Irish accent emergency". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (December 14, 2020). "'Holiday Cheer, New and Old, Leads VOD and Netflix Charts". IndieWire. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  14. ^ "Wild Mountain Thyme". Amazon.com.
  15. ^ "Listen to an Exclusive Track from Amelia Warner's Score for Wild Mountain Thyme". ComingSoon.net. 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  16. ^ "Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Wild Mountain Thyme Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  18. ^ Ehrlich, David (9 December 2020). "'Wild Mountain Thyme' Review: John Patrick Shanley Delivers the Year's Most Demented Rom-Com". IndieWire.
  19. ^ Mick LaSalle (December 9, 2020). "Review: 'Wild Mountain Thyme' conjures up some 'Moonstruck'-style magic, but in Ireland". San Francisco Arts & Entertainment Guide. SF Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2020-12-11.
  20. ^ Patricia Danaher (December 12, 2020). "Review: Wild Mountain Thyme is actually quite good". Irish Independent.
  21. ^ Clarke, Donald (May 2, 2021). "Four new films to stream this week, including Nomadland and Wild Mountain Thyme". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 2021-05-02.

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