The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Reviewed by Joseph Hoshino


The Premise
Based on the bestselling novel which has sold over 7.5 million books world-wide.  London, 1946. Juliet (James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of the mysterious literary club, started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club, and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.

The Review
If this film got 10 cents for every time somebody stumbled, forgot or simply commented on that mouthful of a title, it’d make a huge profit no matter the box office numbers.

In all honesty though, this one has all you need for a charmingly bliss tale of love and high spirits. The overall story is well-paced with heart warmings, good laughs and the occasional heartbreak here and there, all to set the tone. What potentially could’ve been a more drawn out mini series is instead kept short and sweet in the way that it should. While this film may not offer anything so new in the way of romance, there’s a welcome familiarity for what serves as a light at the end of the tunnel in otherwise depressing post-war grounds.

Lily James (Cinderella) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, Orphan Black) have the lionshare of chemistry and lead a jolly ensemble cast behind them. If you’re a fan of BBC’s Downton Abbey, you’ll be pleased to know that a fair number of stars including James have reunited in bringing on another classy period piece, this time on the big screen.

The Verdict
I’m not sure how this one measures up to the 2008 novel but for the sake of a decent British flick, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society deserves a bravo for its witty humor and all-round uplifting vibes.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th April 2018
Rating: TBC
Duration: 124 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode
Director: Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Great Expectations, Donnie Brasco)