Wild Mountain Thyme

Published May 1, 2021

Wild Mountain Thyme

Film info

  • Title Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Director John Patrick Shanley
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline There's nothing more dangerous than an Irish woman in love

The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbour Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony's plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew Adam, Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:42 Just look at that coastline.
7:29 Christopher Walken trying to be Irish is fascinating.
10:11 “She won’t smoke in front of me, and she’s always smoking, so I never see her.”
20:21 The horse reflected in the puddle is an incredible shot.
23:40 Dude appears to be taking his board for a walk.
26:28 “No doubt you could be doing better but you don’t appear to be doing much so… will you have me?'
36:21 I love the idea of waging war with the crows.
36:38 “It’s so late, it’s early.”
39:22 Outdoor party in the absolute pouring rain.
42:22 Is he metal detecting for the ring? That’s adorable!
51:44 Something gave way, isn’t really how I’d like to describe falling in love.
56:44 “It’s a two man job.” “Or one woman.”
1:02:43 That is a hell of a commute to see the ballet.
1:09:56 “For one thing you’re not tired enough, for another your hands don’t look like feet.”
1:21:46 These two are incredible.
1:23:13 “I went to New York?” “When?” “Tuesday.”
1:32:00 That is some god damn changeable weather.


I won’t deny, this is an odd little film, but I really loved it. Two headstrong and properly rural Irish families bump up against each other in a variety of ways as they try and figure out love and heritage, and the continuation of family farms. It did feel like a film of two halves - I could feel the play behind it as the second half kicked in.

The first 45 mins or so with Christopher Walken was more of a gentle family comedy, and then the second half was hardcore drama, mostly a two-hander. The drama was so engrossing in the second half, I’d forgotten Walken was even in the film so it was a surprise when he popped up again later!

It’s poetical, doesn’t all make sense, the conversations aren’t necessarily realistic but are wonderful to consume. And a great ending.

Rating: 5 / 5

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