London-based writer, Juliet Ashton, begins exchanging letters with a resident of the Isle of Guernsey just after the second world war. Falling in love with their story, she visits them in an attempt to understand what it was like during the occupation but ends up finding a new lease of life in the process.
First of all, I hadn’t even heard of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society until just before leaving to see it, so I had no idea what to expect at all. With a long name like that, it is hard to even guess what it is about, other than books and writing in Guernsey, so I was definitely going in with an open mind.
TGLPPS is based on events happening during and after World War Two. A group of people created a literary society in Nazi-controlled Guernsey to help them through such desperate times. One of the members, Dawsey Adams, started to write to the main character, Juliet Ashton (who happens to also be a best-selling author), as he found her name and address in a book he found trying to get the society up and running. They write to each other for a while and Juliet ends up travelling to Guernsey to meet the society. The theme for the rest of the film pretty much a mix of whodunit and comedy rolled into one. Buried secrets come out of the cracks and Juliet puts it on herself to find out every explanation to every secret for a group of people she has just met.
Most noticeably, I recognised a few familiar faces, mainly from Downton Abbey. I felt throughout the film it should have, and in some ways, I am surprised it is not a TV period drama. Sophie and I kept on guessing how plot lines were going to end, and what is going to happen next. This is quite a regular occurrence with us when watching films, I love guessing how films end as I am far too impatient for my own good. Every single prediction we made… did not come true! It carried a false sense of predictability, I expected all these massive twists and curveballs to be thrown at us, but instead, I felt a bit let down with the way the story unfolded. Don’t get me wrong, there were twists and the odd curveball, but none of them seemed to be that exciting and shocking, it didn’t leave me wanting more.
I am a big fan of period Dramas and general films and TV set in the olden days. I absolutely adored Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge, and I thought the twists and turns in those were perfect, always had you wanting to know more. I don’t know whether I was asking too much of this film or what, but it didn’t have enough “what is going to happen next?!” in it for me.
TLDR; All in all, I would say it is worth a watch if you’re a fan of this genre, it is quite a nice film but not enough umph for me.
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