We thought 2020 couldn't get any more bizarre, and then the Wild Mountain Thyme trailer dropped. The reactions to it were strong, with many wondering what was going on with their accents, amongst other things.
There was also the ambiguous time-setting — the anachronistic costumes and stilted dialogue made it seem like a period piece (either the late 1800s or 1950s, depending who you're looking at) but really it's a present-day tale, plus the confusing presence of Jon Hamm, a big-city American who somehow is better fit to run a farm than, you know, a farmer? And, of course, there were the accents.
Yes we know, we said it already but MY GOD they're bad; and Jamie Dornan is from Northern Ireland, so we only have to assume there's a curse on this film (the reviews so far have not been kind). But apparently, the weirdest bit of all was yet to come. Warning: spoilers follow (but honestly, we'd say it's worth reading anyway for the laughs).
The film was written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (he also did Moonstruck, for which he won an Oscar... which won't make sense as you continue reading) based on his play Outside Mullingar. Most of the story is concerned with whether or not Rosemary (Emily Blunt) and Anthony (Dornan) will finally get their shit together and admit they are into each other.
But everything is under threat when patriarch Tony (Christopher Walken. YEP) threatens to sell the family farm to his American nephew Adam (the aforementioned Hamm).
The town is buzzing with excitement when Adam arrives because not only is he there to maybe take over a farm but he also (as Anthony puts it) is "in search of a wife" and "has an idea an Irish woman would be made of better stuff."
Yes, this movie takes place in the 21st century.
Said maybe-wife is, of course, Rosemary. But Rosemary is clearly into Anthony, and Anthony seemingly knows it which only makes his rejection sting more. So, as we mentioned before, why can't they just pull themselves together and get it on?
Because Anthony, despite his feelings, thinks he's a honey bee.
Yes, you read that right, he's a honey bee! As in, buzz buzz buzz. And no, this isn't an 'I took a quiz on Buzzfeed and it says I'm a honeybee' type of vibe. HE LEGITIMATELY THINKS HE'S A BEE.
She asks if he thinks she's a bee, but he says no – she's a flower (aww). But wait, there's more.
Rosemary thinks she's a swan. Yep, a swan. At least they mate for life, amirite?
In the end, they live happily ever after, and we guess that's all that matters. Watch it for yourself and now that you know, see if you can pick up on any of the foreshadowing that takes place throughout the film.
Wild Mountain Thyme is now out in cinemas and digitally in the US. A UK release date has not been announced. Yet.
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