In the words of Sidney Stark, “Crikey, now that’s a mouthful!”😂
It took The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to get me out of my flick pick slump and I only have my art director to blame. For someone who I don’t normally associate with these types of movies to wax poetic about its plot, the source material itself must’ve quite the charm to draw even the most unusual viewers.🤔
The setting brings us to picturesque Guernsey, an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. Its small-town charm masks a rather bleak part in history when it was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Here we discover that our titular book club started as a cover for a group of residents caught breaching curfew during the occupation. Gradually developing into a close-knit society who meet once a week to discuss their literary favorites, it becomes a catalyst for the correspondence between a London-based writer and one of its members.
Why I loved it.
How can you not be swept by a tale of good, old-fashioned romance? Michiel Huisman and Lily James’ palpable chemistry had me rooting for their characters the moment they first met on-screen. You will fall in love with Juliet and Dawsey. Their growing connection just draws you in as they navigate their feelings for each other.
Romance aside, it also beautifully integrates the sense of belonging that Juliet felt with the members of the society. Being in the island completed her. London, despite all the glamour, represented nothing but emptiness… a bitter reminder of the ones she lost during the war.
Something to look forward to…
The movie convinced me to start reading its source material and I am giddy to fall for Juliet and Dawsey all over again. If it’s on your Netflix catalog, go check this one out. The feels will all be worth it.❤❤❤