I have been overdue for a good period drama and waiting patiently for the release of this film. In anticipation, I ordered the book but found it to be a compilation of letters and not written like a regular novel so I put it aside.
After seeing the trailer for the movie version, I’m so thankful it’s finally out. There’s no disappointment whatsoever in this touching story staring Lily James. As usual, I find her adorable, and her performance goes well in this sometimes heartbreaking story that eventually has a happy ever after.
The story is about Juliet Ashton, an author from London, who receives a letter after the war in 1946 from a peculiar group of people who calls themselves The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. They are a book club that was formed on the Isle of Guernsey (a British island in the Channel), during the German occupation. Curious about the group, Juliet travels to the location to meet those who make up the book club. In doing so, she learns of the years of occupation in which they endured and a very sad story about one of their members.
The story jumps back and forth from the present to the war, giving insight as to what actually happened to the characters now speaking to her in 1946. Juliet wants to write about their experiences, but the club would prefer that she does not because of the pain it represents in their lives.
The others who star in the movie are some of your favorites, such as Tom Courtenay, Katherine Parkinson, and Penelope Wilton who does a wonderful job in her role. Add to the cast is Matthew Goode, and you have a well-rounded, experienced group of seasoned actors.
Though you may find the movie a bit slow in parts, it’s worth the scenes to take the slow walk on the beach or run around the pig pen to get the feel of the location and its people. If you’re a period drama junkie or enjoy WW2 stories, check it out on Netflix.