The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Movie Review

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” stars Lily James as Juliet Ashton, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey Adams and Jessica Brown Findlay as Elizabeth Mckenna. This movie depicts the tale of Juliet, a London-based writer, in 1946 after WWII. Juliet begins to write to Dawsey  on the Island of Guernsey, which was occupied during the war. Eventually, Juliet visits the island as she was compelled by the story of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”.

Juliet was sent to write an article on the society for the London Times but encounters a few obstacles on the way. She also tries to unravel the story behind Elizabeth and her disappearance. Although she is engaged to a man back in London, Juliet could not help herself from succumbing to her love and passion for Dawsey as she continues living on the island.

I found this to be one of the best Netflix movies I have ever seen. Compared to other Netflix produced movies or shows, this movie just seemed to be better produced and portrayed. The acting of Lily James also was superb as she portrayed the character of Juliet. The love triangle throughout the movie also provided an excellent source of drama, as well.

Though Juliet’s love story was quite compelling, the story of Elizabeth was even more so. She was so brave in such a time of destruction and chaos and put herself on the line in order to protect others. She also created the society, thus creating a community in Guernsey that had been lost due to the evils of war. Elizabeth, for me, was the true stand out character in the overall movie.

However, I did think that the movie was a tad bit to long. Towards the middle and end, the movie became a little bit stagnant and not as entertaining as it had been when it started. Also, even though the movie was based on the book written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, I found the ending to be too predictable with Juliet and Dawsey ending up together happily ever after. One thing I really did enjoy about the ending was that Juliet asked Dawsey to marry her and not the other way around, which allowed me to give this movie an astounding 4.5 stars out of 5.