(This review may contain spoilers).
Although this wasn’t a genre of film I would have chosen to watch on my own, when I watched it with two of my family members, I found it a lot more engaging than I would have initially expected.
The very first scene did a good job of introducing me to the members of the society – even to Elizabeth, who was clearly an important part of the storyline, even though she only appeared in flashbacks.
It was nice to learn more about Juliet and see something of her history and I really liked seeing her form relationships with the residents of Guernsey. I also really liked Mark. It was nice to see a love interest who wasn’t demonised to make way for the new romance.
I really liked Kit. I thought she was really sweet and it was nice to see her interactions with the other members of the society. I also really liked Eli and it was interesting to see how the war and evacuation had affected him. It was really easy to empathise with him the more I learned.
I really didn’t like Charlotte and as I saw more of her throughout the movie, I disliked her even more. I also went off Elizabeth a bit by the end. While I could understand her motivations, I felt that she should have prioritised differently – and there were other ways she could have done the right thing.
I thought the history and relationship between Juliet and Sidney was one of the strongest parts of this movie, though I would have liked to see a bit more of Sidney.
This movie was really entertaining to watch, with characters I cared about and some good elements of humour. While I’m not sure I would watch this movie again, I definitely think that it was worth watching the first time through.