There’s a children’s book somewhere in this curious title, and as the original story was completed by the author’s niece, Annie Barrows (who happens to be a writer of children’s books) it makes me wonder if this was her Auntie’s original title? Mary Ann Shaffer, sadly died before her book was published, and from comments made by those who have read ‘their’ novel - the film adaption is disappointing. That said, it’s highly likely those who read the book, after seeing the movie, may find the reverse. Books and screenplay adaptations can be, and are, a world apart. On its own merits, this is a highly enjoyable movie - offering fine performances, direction, wonderful locations, superior cinematography and convincing recreation of a past era - though, at times, it comes across as part ‘feature’ movie and part TV show. There’s also a scene where a Bible is rather obviously being used to ‘push’ a modern feminist’s call.
Lead actress Lily James, is like a dream come true - she was the perfect ‘Cinderella’ in ’15, it’s easy to see why she won that part and the accolades. This story is an account of Germany’s brutal occupation of Guernsey from 1940-45, detailing its dramatic impact on a group of families and friends. It’s both a sentimental romantic tale and an examination of the tragedies experienced by all individuals living under siege. From other reviewer’s comments – it might seem certain modern viewers may have perhaps lost the ability to appreciate the effect these times had on long suffering participants - so, some might tend to view certain aspects of this tale with a degree of cynicism. But generally, the majority of audiences should be pleased with the time they spend being entertained by this engaging story.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.
Buoyed by a reliably appealing star turn from James, this handsome tearjerker mostly sidesteps the tweeness of its title to become, somehow, both an old-fashioned romance and a detective story trumpeting gender equality.
For all of its breezy charm, what makes “Guernsey” an often frustrating experience is the fact that the story uncovered by Juliet is exceedingly more interesting than the one she finds herself confined within.
Undemanding yet never quite effortless, agreeable yet never quite engrossing, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has fewer stumbling points than its loopy title, but that title sticks for longer than the rest of it.
You hear people call movies heart-warming so much it has become somewhat meaningless, but trust me when I call The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a heartwarming movie. The film boasts a distinguished cast and a story that just carries you away, without you really noticing. The characters are solid and set pieces of work portrayed brilliantly by the actors and shown through the cameras placed perfectly to guide the viewer through the film. The story is believable and realistic, telling you about one of the least mentioned areas of the war. The film doesn't feel foreign or out of place, It just welcomes you in like an old friend, with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits. A must watch as a fan of history, books and Potato Peel Pie.
A simple but solid romantic drama. Pretty good for lovers of the genre and also an interesting option for those who do not.
The argument is good, simple and intelligent and the performances are also good enough. Excelling of course Lily James.
Predictable in most of its execution but the quality is optimal and sincerely the film is enjoyable and entertaining.
Another little surprise hidden in Netflix's catalog.
-"She's only four. how could she understand that?"
-"I'm older than time, and I still don't understand"
Warm, delightful, and so sweet. Maybe even be so sweet for its own good at the beginning. But no one can resist this movie's charm. Its cheerful and light-hearted tone may make you think you're watching Paddington!
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is also a well-made film. It has a great performances, specially from Penelope Wilton as Amelia who has some of the movie's most powerful lines. Yes, this movie is also has some very strong lines that could stick in your head. But they are even more powerful when you're invested in the characters.
Mike Newell used only the flashback technique to unravel the story of the titular society, and there's no doubt he could have taken a riskier and more challenging way to do so. But the result is nothing short of impressive. I always wanted to know more and more about the members and their story, and I loved how I was getting minor details piece by piece like I was collecting a jigsaw puzzle. I cared about all the side characters. Thanks to the solid script, each one of these characters was so intriguing to know about.
But I would that Juliet Ashton, our protagonist, is well-wrought character as much as the minor characters. Don't get me wrong, I cared about the character so much, and her romantic sub-plot and relationships in the story, but it's her background that I found unfulfilling and half-baked. We didn't get to know anything about her past, except from a very very short, and poorly-shot flashback at the beginning. But it's not just because the fact I felt it's unsatisfying that the main character lacks a well-established background, it's also because I did need that at some point in the movie. That being said, Lily James delivered a nice performance, and she was as charming as always.
There are also some things that I think are a bit hard to swallow. Things like "I don't know exactly how he, or she knew about that but let's go on anyway."
The movie looks gorgeous in general. It has a beautiful cinematography, a decent production design, and top-notch costume design that fits perfectly the movie's setting. Also, I loved the music, and it's also as traditional as the movie itself.
This is a good escapist, feel good watch. I've read the book this film is adapted from, so I was aware of the story and the film didn't disappoint. I suppose some may feel it too 'fluffy' and perhaps even boring but I enjoyed it as a pleasant and inoffensive film to watch for a couple of hours. As I say, I have read the book but that was at least a year ago, so I had forgotten some of the more finer plot details and I enjoyed revisiting it via the film. I felt that Katherine Parkinson being present reminded me of her role in Doc Martin - its a bit like that, in terms of it protraying a close knit community of different people with their own quirks and so on. The main difference, I suppose, is that this film and the book is set with the backdrop of World War II. I feel comforted somehow by the way the community come together to get themselves through such a clearly tough and somewhat bleak time. There are definitely hardships conveyed but most of the film has a more gentle feel to it, although most of the characters are quite warm and likeable.
Overall I'd say this is a good watch, a bit slow for some perhaps with little action or exciting plot twists but in terms of a character focussed historical drama about a close knit community dealing with the aftermath of WWII, its by no means bad. I would recommend it, if it sounds of interest, yes.