The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Review: London, 1946, Juliet receives a letter from a member of a literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. She is so intrigued that she decides to go and visit the island. She forms an unexpected bond with the residents of the island. Then she has the idea of writing a book about their experiences during the war.
Director: Mike Newell
Actors: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson, Marek Oravec, Jack Morris, Matthew Goode, Lily James, Stephanie Schonfield, Emily Patrick, Clive Merrison, Glen Powell, Bernice Stegers and Penelope Wilton
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, History and Romance
Conclusion: 3/5
Watching this you can tell that the whole cast enjoyed making the film and all got along together. The cast are all brilliant but the one that particularly stood out for me was Penelope Wilton and I thought she gave the strongest performance. This stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Lily James and Penelope Wilton who have all made some sort of appearance in Downtown Abbey (2010-2015). I have to admit that I have never read the novel that this film is based on. It is a historical fiction novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in 2008. I do find the title really hard to remember and in what order it all comes in. It is also rather too long. The one thing that could have been worked on a bit better was the script. Felt it was just a bit flat and predictable. When production started on this film Kenneth Branagh was attached to direct, also Kate Winslet was cast as Juliet Ashton. However they both dropped out. This will appeal to the same audience who went to see the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and also The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015). The main theme that this concentrates on is the subject of war. Other themes are endurance and suffering. The theme of cruelty is also discussed throughout.  


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