The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.
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I'll tell you why so serious
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.
Great example of an old-fashioned, pure-at-heart escapist event movie that doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not and has boat loads of fun being its own ludicrous self.
Most post war/ war time movies evoke gut wrenching emotions in me, so I typically avoid them, but I got hooked by the the trailer itself. What sets The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society apart from most other post war/war time movies, is that it captures the emotions of a post war era, in a way that is moving and compelling, without crude imagery. The actors have done a great job, the cinematography is fabulous , story keeps you engaged, (2hrs running time) and the movie is well directed . Lily James is a pleasure to watch, Penelope Wilton as usual gives a stellar performance. Strongly recommend!
I loved the book and was not expecting to care for the film adaptation - and have watched it three times in 1.5 days - it has taken my breath away! The adaptation and direction (though quite different from the book in many aspects) have been done with such sensitivity and wisdom (but what else would you expect from the director of "Enchanted April" and "HP and the Goblet of Fire"?), and the acting is so exquisitely done that I consider this quiet film to be almost flawless. The pain, the tragedy, the terrors of the German occupation are there, but so is the humanity, the compassion, the courage, and the beauty of clinging to what life has to offer - connection. "Only connect", wrote E. M. Forster, and this film has captured it beautifully. Not to mention that it is a paean to my lifelong passion: books, reading, and sharing those words. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, RELEASE IT ON DVD IN THE U.S. - I WANT TO BUY A DOZEN COPIES TO GIVE AS PRESENTS AND TO HOLD ON TO MYSELF!P.S. Stick around during the credits for more surprise little beauties!
This movie caught my eye because I assumed it was filmed in Guernsey but it was not. I'm disappointed. I'm Canadian and some of my ancestors came to Canada from Guernsey 200 years ago. The story passed down is that they built their own ship. I was hoping to see Guernsey, not an English imitation. I've wondered for years what Guernsey is really like. Other than that, I enjoyed the movie very much.
An utterly predictable and boring story with equally predictable and colorless characters. The real plot would deserve a lot more attention but probably not with these actors whose performance lacks true emotions. I'm not surprised by the fact that Michiel Huisman and Lily James gave me nothing, but I would have expected Penelope Wilton to be a lot better as she was killing it in Downtown Abbey as a supporting character. Or maybe I'm just so used to soul touching dramas that I can't appreciate the simple "family films"? Yeah maybe, but I'm not sure this movie was intended to be a family film either.