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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

As much as we wish we could control where life takes us, we know that we can’t.

In the 2018 Netflix movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (based on the book of the same name), Juliet Ashton (Lily James) is an author in post World War II England. Intrigued by a letter she receives from Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman) a farmer on the island of Guernsey, Juliet visits the island with the intention of writing a book.

She discovers that Dawsey is part of a book club entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Included in this club is Amelia Maugery (Penelope Wilton) and Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay). Intrigued as to why and how Elizabeth disappeared, Juliet starts to investigate what happened during the German occupation of the island during the war. Along the way, Juliet discovers a new family and a new love that forces her to re-consider where she wants to go in life.

Award worthy, this film is not. That being said, it’s the type of movie one watches after a long week to relax. Though it helps that several of the main cast are Downton Abbey alum, it is does not do enough to overcome the film’s flaws.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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The Age Of Adaline Movie Review

At first thought, the gift of immortality seems like a dream. But like anything in life, there are drawbacks.

In The Age Of Adaline, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is immortal for 78 years. Just after a freak car accident, Adaline becomes immortal. Afraid of being discovered and used for science experiments, Adaline isolates herself emotionally from the world. As the years progress, she takes on different identities with only her daughter, Flemming (Ellen Burstyn) knowing her mother’s secret.

When Adaline meets Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), she decides to take a chance on him. Then she meets Ellis’s father, William (Harrison Ford). William might be the one who will spill Adaline’s secret. The question is, will she open up to Ellis and take a chance or will she run as she has before?

This movie is one of the best movies that of the year so far. Lively’s nuanced, complex portrayal of a woman running from her past, but willing to take a chanceĀ  on her future is incredible. The plot is easy to follow, but with enough complications to hook the audience in completely.

I absolutely recommend this movie.

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