The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a new “Netflix Original” movie though only internationally. It was a regular movie from what I researched when it came to the United Kingdom, its obvious source of origin. The name of the movie is awful (though to the story it makes sense), but what drew me to the film was its leading actress Lily James whom I enjoyed in Downton Abbey and Cinderella.
The story is about Juliet Ashton, a novelist and a popular one at that. She is living in a post-WWII Great Britian and you can see her amazement when things come to England that they haven’t seen since the horrid war started like new paint on a door.
While she isn’t exactly royalty, things have gone well in her life. Her American boyfriend Mark Reynolds proposes to her and she accepts the ring. Everything seems to be “happily ever after” for Juliet but she has a interesting quest as a writer to finish before she can walk down the aisle in that white wedding dress.
She takes a visit to the island of Guernsey, which during World War II (due to its close location to France) was occupied by the Germans. The natives that stayed behind were forced to eat mainly potatoes during the whole war, while Germans had the finer meals. She learns that his local book club started a pure lie to prevent the German soldiers from learning they had a secret dinner of a roasted pig. But Juliet will find out that there’s more to this island than just stories.
Overall The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a slight disappointment for me. The story is very unique and original (I wouldn’t be shocked if the Oscars judges give out at least one nomination for something) so I liked that. But it was a bit uneven on its plot which left me a little bored in spots which makes me think they made the movie too long for no good reason. And the romance in the plot did seem a little dubious, as I never thought any of it seemed to be really that genuine.