In case anybody thinks my lavish praise for Crazy Rich Asians means my affection for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has waned, rest assured that is not the case. My heart has room enough for two crowd-pleasing entertainments.
While counting the days to Mamma Mia‘s DVD release, I have sought out other work by the incomparable Lily James. That includes The Darkest Hour, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and a new NetFlix release with a mouthful of a title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Based on the popular novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Guernsey is an historical romantic drama set on the British island during the aftermath of World War II. It’s a feminist tale about buried trauma, hidden secrets, the love of reading and the excitement of finding a place you truly belong.
Lily James is predictably wonderful, and the film features three men (Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell and Matthew Goode) guaranteed to make my wife swoon. So it’s a perfect date movie.
I read an online comment arguing that Guernsey is the type of movie Miramax would have released in the 90s to substantial acclaim, decent box office and maybe an Oscar nomination or two. In 2018, it’s a NetFlix Original you can stream on your iPad. My, how times have changed.
I can’t say I mind, though. I might not have made it to this movie in theaters, and it looked spectacular on my TV.