Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt’s Wild Mountain Thyme is one of the most talked about films on the internet today – but probably not for the reasons they were hoping.
The trailer for the upcoming romcom dropped last night, and while it boasts an all-star cast including Dornan, Blunt, Christopher Walken and Jon Hamm, most of the attention is on the Irish accents.
Oh, the accents.
Emily Blunt’s character Rosemary and Jamie Dornan’s lovestruck farmer Anthony have laid on their west of Ireland accents extremely thick, leading to widespread mockery on social media.
People have savaged the leprechaun-like accents and Irish stereotypes, as well as joking that the film looks like it’s set in the 1920s – despite egg-freezing being a plot point.
While everyone’s efforts have been mocked – bar Jon Hamm, who thankfully speaks in his own American brogue in the trailer – a special level of disbelief has been kept for Dornan, with Irish viewers baffled as to how the actor, who is from Northern Ireland, has messed up the accent so much.
While the criticism has been heavy, many others cite the accents as a reason to go see Wild Mountain Thyme – so the trailer may just be the movie’s saving grace.
And the Embassy of Ireland in the US defended the film, tweeting: ‘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.’
The film centres on Rosemary (Blunt), who has been in love with Anthony (Dornan), who lives on a neighbouring farm, all her life, but her love interest is shy and never follows up on his feelings.
However, things get difficult when his father (Walken) considers leaving his farm to an American cousin (Hamm), who falls for Rosemary and invites her to New York.
Cue plenty of rain, outdoor arguments and a rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme (also known as Will You Go, Lassie, Go).
Wild Mountain Thyme is based on the Broadway play Outside Mullingar, which was nominated for best play at the 2014 Tony Awards and starred Will & Grace actress Debra Messing in the role of Rosemary.
Wild Mountain Thyme is scheduled for release on December 11, 2020.
Credit: Original article published here.