Sunday, August 26, 2018

Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

A charming and delightful story that will bring tears of joy and sorrow, and fill you with a buoyancy of hope. The course of a young writers life changes from the single act of opening a letter.

I was looking to watch something on Netflix one night, wiht no real interet in mind. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Sociaty was featured on the home page so I clicked play.  As the minutes passed I became more connected to these odd characters during World War II.

Fast-forward post war, and what began as a simple request by letter (from someone on the little isle of Guernsey) to a young writer, and her response, triggered a series of events that none within the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Sociaty could have seen coming. Some avoided it all costs -- until now.

Writers Don Ross, Kevin Hood, and Thomas Bezuncha penned an endearing script (based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows) that take you into the souls of an odd collection of people that come together under stange circumstances.

Casting was very good, with Jessica Brown Findlay (as Elizabeth McKenna) charming, and the rest of the cast all equally well-performed.

It's a lovely romantic story, filled with passion, curiousity and pain. While it may not be movie-making  at its pinnacle, it is like that actor who isn't a great actor, but he is a likeable character. This has likeable characters, and is a likeable, light and breezy film.

4 stars 

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