Been MIA recently and have quite a few films to catch up with but I’ll start with the last film I saw – The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.
Based on the novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows it is set in Guernsey during and just after the Second World War and stars, Lily James as Juliet Ashton, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey Adams, Glen Powell as Mark Reynolds, Jessica Brown Findlay as Elizabeth McKenna, Katherine Parkinson as Isola Pribby, Matthew Goode as Sidney Stark, Tom Courtenay as Eben Ramsey, Penelope Wilton as Amelia Maugery. Juliet has written a best seller and was due to start a book reading tour when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams who lives on the Channel Island of Guernsey asking about a book as he found her name and address in a book he has, Juliet replies back with questions about his letter and decides to visit Guernsey to meet the book club of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. When she arrives she meets them one by one but Amelia is less than welcoming and she finds out that Elizabeth McKenna one of the founding members was arrested and the writer in her starts trying to find out the story and she also asks her finance (Mark) to see if he can use his connections to try and find out what happened to her. Whilst Juliet is on the island she starts forming friendships with the Society and slowly wins Amelia overall. Mark them flies over with news of Elizabeth but not the news that they wanted to hear and Juliet travels back to London with Mark, once back she writes the book about the Society but asks her publisher & manager Sidney not to publish it and she breaks up with Mark as realises she wants to go back to Guernsey, meanwhile Dawsey reads the letter with the manuscript and also sees it dedicated to Kit (Elizabeth’s daughter being looked after by Dawsey and who Juliet grew fond off) and decides he must go to London to get Juliet but they bump into each other at Weymouth docks as Juliet was on her way to see him and nearly missed each other. The rest is how you guess it.
It’s a typical romance film but I loved the story behind it and the dedication to Kit made my heart skip a beat even though I guessed it would be, though this won’t be a big hit it is a good film to watch and I throughly enjoyed it. Lily James is certainly growing as a film actress and each of her last 3 films (Baby Driver, Churchill and this one) she has grown and I think a main role in a major release is not far away. Yes the film could’ve better but I can’t really fault it. I give it a 7/10 rating.