Faith and begorrah, 'tis a long time since we've had the Yanks on these shores, buying all our aran sweaters and making shit of our accent. And so, there's something somewhat soothing and normal about the trailer for 'Wild Mountain Thyme,' a new film by Oscar winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley - an Irish-American, of course.
The film stars Emily Blunt (not a Yank, should know better), Jamie Dornan (actually Irish, definitely should know better), Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken. And it's exactly what you'd expect from an American made "Irish" film with the name of a soppy Clancy Brothers song.
It's all farms, inheritance conflict, expressions no real person has ever used, unconsummated love, and a visiting American coming here with his nice car and his sophistication to mess it all up. Too add fuel to the fire, this appears to be set in somewhat modern times. In truth, it looks a classic of the genre.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 10, 2020
Since the release of the trailer, Irish social media has been ablaze. After the year we've had, getting angry about something so quaint is exactly what we needed.
The most interesting and weird take probably came from the Irish embassy in Washington, noted film critics, who gave a big thumbs up to the production.
To be fair, Irish accents are hard (we struggle with them at times). But otherwise #WildMountainThyme looks great. And, in Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt, presents a remarkably realistic depiction, visually at least, of the average Irish man & woman. Truly, we are a beautiful people. https://t.co/B2HFOkAhJ0
— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) November 11, 2020
Others haven't been so kind. Even Dublin Airport had a cut.
There’s fashion police
We even have airport police
Is there such a thing as accent police?
If so, somebody better call ‘em.
On the upside, Ireland looks nice. pic.twitter.com/lHrR5cWlwq
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) November 10, 2020
Everyone is talking about how bad the accents are (and rightly so) but apart from that... this movie looks absolutely shit. The plot, the writing, the dialogue even the NAME itself is terrible. Wild Mountain Thyme? What the fuck. Holy shit this looks so bad I can't believe it https://t.co/ox4D7PKc5H
— Minister for Zen Affairs (@RobertFrogert) November 10, 2020
Leap Year: I'm the most offensive film to ever be based in Ireland
Wild Mountain Thyme: Hold my poítín like a good gasún https://t.co/0Jo73zavr0
— Barry O'Rourke (@orourke28) November 10, 2020
— Paul Little (@little_football) November 11, 2020
It has even been deemed to Oirishy for the Leprechauns.
— Leprechaun Museum (@leprechaun_ie) November 10, 2020
I 100% refuse to believe this is a real movie and not a movie within another movie. https://t.co/ebE6mvAmBn
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) November 10, 2020
Honestly thought this was set in the 40s/50s then she talked about freezing her eggs???Do they think we all just live in a big fat field rolling around in muck??? https://t.co/wOXLYqjPZw
— Georgia Clarkson (@yung_gck) November 10, 2020
What I like about it, is that even the dog seems American. Also, the toothless yokel laughing while peering over a stone wall is basically my spirit animal/human. As an Irish patriot, I'm always doing that. https://t.co/jDnR1MAYgZ
— PatrickFreyne (@PatrickFreyne1) November 11, 2020
Apparently this is based on a play called "Outside Mullingar". Going by these accents... approx 4000 fucking miles outside Mullingar?(And Dornan's is the worst of the three).
Also it's set sometime between The Famine and... next week. https://t.co/xyk4dm4sEy
— Ciara Mackey (@CiaraMackey_cm) November 11, 2020
“twas he that kissed me” I’m genuinely confused, I mean the accents are terrible yes, and it’s a bunch of Oirish paddywhackery, and it looks like the extent of research into Ireland was watching the Queit Man 49 times! But has modern day John Hamm travelled back to 1940s Ireland? https://t.co/8ivzR8hAYm
— Frank W. Kelly (@frankwkelly) November 11, 2020
Half way through I noticed a zipper on her cardigan. A zipper?! I thought this drek was obviously set in the 1930s, I thought.
Then came a metal detector and threat to 'freeze my eggs' in quick succession.
BUT SHE WAS WEARING SHAWLS THE WHOLE TIME
— Maria Farrell (@mariafarrell) November 11, 2020
The accents in ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ aren’t as upsetting as the notion that a John Hind Begob And Begorrah, Sure We Haven’t A Sink To Wash Our Faces Oireland apparently exists on the same timeline as a post-9/11 New York pic.twitter.com/OHvDZhADjg
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) November 11, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme is set to be released on December 11th. Unless we decide to stay in lockdown to avoid it.