Quick Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

The Guernsey literary and potato-peel pie society. Crikey, that’s quite a mouthful.

The title alone makes one curious to see what this film is about and how it will play out. Set in the aftermath of WWII, author Juliet Ashton (played by Lily James) sets out to write a book about the experiences of the residents of Nazi Occupied Guernsey.

I came across this after looking for more of Michiel Huisman‘s (The Haunting of Hill House and Game of Thrones) work. I will admit that at first glance, the title did not seem appealing (curious, yes) to mean I had no idea where this would go. But I’m glad I gave it a chance…it was a cute little story about love and lost and friendship. After watching the movie the title makes sense, but it was a risky bet naming it that…I wonder what the viewership numbers have been like for this one.

Overall, this was a solid effort by a great ensemble cast (lots of Downton Abbey castmates) with an interesting (although sometimes predictable) plot. I recommend this for a lazy Sunday afternoon (the aftermath of war + love/romance often equals a good watch in my book). Currently streaming on Netflix.

Our Friday night book club became a refuge to us. A private freedom to feel the world growing darker all around you, but you only need a candle to see new worlds unfold. That is what we found in our society.