Mike Newell also directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, just FYI
Release date: April 20, 2018
Director: Mike Newell
Who should watch this movie: Fans of period drama. People not quite sold on period dramas but are willing to give it a shot. Aspiring writers.
When should you watch this movie: When you’re not quite sure whether you have ever been in love
The sell: This is a top quality period drama, a top quality romance, and a top quality historical document all wrapped into a top quality movie. I want to call this movie unassuming but in a way that does not undermine its powerful effect and serious subject material. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society perfectly balances personal stories (seeming minutia) and the large-scale historical events unfolding around them, all while having an irritatingly long title. The protagonist, a young writer portrayed by Lilly James, acts as a surrogate for the audience as she travels to recently occupied Guernsey and learns of the horrors that went on under German control. But this is a character driven story, and the wonderful characters in all their colorful quirks are able to transform this narrative into more than a history lesson. Artful performances are put on by every member of the cast, and the cinematography captures the dramatic beauty of Guernsey perfectly. The combination thus results in a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.