The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review

guernsey literary societyBased on the best selling novel which has sold over 7.5 million books world-wide.

London, 1946. Juliet (Lilly James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of the mysterious literary club, started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club, and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.

Directed by Mike Newell (‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Donnie Brasco’)

Starring Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson, Glen Powell, Tom Courtenay, Kit Connor

Written by Don Roos, Thomas Bezucha (based on the novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)

In NZ theatres 25th April 2018

So, what’d we think?

Based on the novel of the same name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (try saying that 5x times fast), puts you in the middle of war-torn Europe during the Nazi occupation and spits you out the other side where the majority of our story takes place.

Lily James shines as Juliet, a witty writer with an angelic face who has dreams of grandeur and looks flawless in 1940s fashion. After she receives letters from the sweet and ruggishly handsome society member Dawsey,  Juliet heads to Guernsey where she meets an array of characters and finds herself unravelling the mystery that bonds them together.

The longer Juliet spends on the island and embeds herself in the lives of the society, the more consumed she becomes by their unique personalities and her own desire to try and right a painful wrong. With some predictable plot points and a love triangle that places Juliet between two smart and handsome men, “Guernsey” succeeds in leaving you with a sweet taste in your mouth by time the film concludes.

A feel-good film that is perfect for lovers of period dramas and whimsical romances, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society relies on heart, history and a likeable cast to hold your attention.

But, should you see it?

If your idea of a great film sees a hero character escaping car chases and explosions then this isn’t the movie for you, but if you love a romance with a historical backdrop then you’ve come to the right film.

Written by Emily Blake

The source of our #fomo, Emily is constantly jetting overseas. A coffee aficionado, you’ll most likely find her swiping right on Tinder and daydreaming about her next adventure.

Favourite karaoke song: Wonderwall by Oasis


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