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Entertainment 'Downton Abbey' offers familiar characters and intrigue – review

15:55  20 september  2019
15:55  20 september  2019 Source:   tribute.ca

Downton Abbey Is Back, Supersized For The Big Screen

Downton Abbey Is Back, Supersized For The Big Screen Fans of the hugely popular show can now plunge into the movie, which offers all of the series’ visual and narrative treats.

Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson and Photos by PBS. When we think of Downton Abbey , we think poshness and proper five-course meal etiquette, sipping tea and delighting in the barbed bon mots of the Dowager Countess.

“Just like the old days,” Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) says, fondly, as “ Downton Abbey ” gathers all the familiar faces in bustling preparation for an imminent royal visit. Viewers who have faithfully followed the genteel tribulations of the Crawley clan for six seasons of

Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier posing for a photo: Downton Abbey - in theatres September 20© Universal Pictures Downton Abbey - in theatres September 20

With the many viewers of the popular series Downton Abbey clamoring for more when the show came to an end with season six in 2015, creator Julian Fellowes, who wrote each and every episode, generously decided to write a big screen movie sequel for fans.

Also called Downton Abbey, the movie brings back all of your favorite characters, both upstairs and downstairs, from Daisy, Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes to the Earl of Grantham, his wife Cora, and their daughters, Lady Mary and Lady Edith.

The movie begins with a simple premise - King George V and Queen Mary are coming to visit Downton Abbey. They'll only be staying one night, but it'll involve several meals and a parade.

‘Downton Abbey’ Cast Talk TV Series’ Huge Success, Julian Fellowes Teases Possible Movie Sequel

‘Downton Abbey’ Cast Talk TV Series’ Huge Success, Julian Fellowes Teases Possible Movie Sequel “Downton Abbey” stars Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech and Laura Carmichael discuss the new movie and the TV series’ huge success in a new interview with Town & Country. “Downton” launched in the U.S. back in 2011 and the fact that so many people watched it shocked the cast, especially because it was a period drama airing on PBS. RELATED: Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern Reveal Dame Maggie Smith ‘Loves A Meme’, Talk Kate Middleton ‘Downton’ Set Visit Leech shares, “If it had been on one of the major networks, (Dockery interjects: "Or one you have to pay for"), they would have pushed it too hard. “'Downton' had to be discovered.

Downton Abbey . Directed by Michael Engler Publishing House: Focus Features Released: 09.13.19 Each of the main characters and supporting characters are able to have their turn in the spotlight, so In the End: If you yearn for more genteel times Downton Abbey the movie can offer that escape.

Downton Abbey is a British historical period drama television series set in the early 20th century, created and co-written by Julian Fellowes.

The servants are beyond thrilled, knowing they'll be the envy of their friends. Even Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle), who'd left at the end of season six to become a teacher, turns up at Downton Abbey to beg for a temporary return to his job, so he can say he's served royalty.

Thomas (Robert James-Collier), who was made head butler after years of conniving to get a promotion, tries valiantly to prepare, but Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) doesn't feel he has the experience to handle the daunting task. Without asking anyone, she goes to Mr. Carson's cottage and begs him to come out of retirement, just for the royal visit. Pleased as punch, the former head butler heads off for Downton Abbey to rule the roost one more time alongside his wife Elsie (a.k.a. Mrs. Hughes), who still works as the head housekeeper.

'Downton Abbey' filming locations including Highclere Castle!

'Downton Abbey' filming locations including Highclere Castle! 'Downton Abbey' filming locations

" Downton Abbey " fans will find the elements they've grown to know and love in the sixth and final season, from silly plots to resolution for the characters who have That bracing jolt of modernity lifts this final " Downton Abbey " season beyond the usual deliciously melodramatic melange of Lady Mary

PREVIOUSLY: ‘ Downton Abbey ’ Season 5 Episode 8 Features Sex, Murder and Some Actual Plot Resolution. He essentially implies Branson is a member of the proto-IRA and refuses to give him any bread or wine, and offers passive aggressive advice to his employers about The Way Things Are Done.

When told of this news by Lady Mary, Thomas' nose gets out of joint. Left without any duties at Downton Abbey, he decides to go off on an adventure that leads to surprising consequences.

When the royal servants arrive and the Downton Abbey servants learn they're not needed to serve the King and Queen, they feel slighted, but Anna has an idea. Or should we say, a trick up her sleeve? Meanwhile, Tom is approached by a stranger and he wonders if the man thinks he's a threat to the King, while Mary begins to suspect Tom is up to something.

Violet's cousin, Lady Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton), is coming along with the royal party. Although they didn't part on good terms, Violet is determined to make sure the Bagshaw inheritence is going to the rightful heir - her son Robert, Earl of Grantham.

Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess (a.k.a. Violet), always steals the show, as does her partner-in-crime, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley. The two of them trade even more quips than we've ever enjoyed in one episode, and get their share of laughs from the audience. In fact, for a movie that's labeled a drama, it has quite a few hilarious moments.

Highclere Castle—the Real-Life Downton Abbey—Is Available to Rent on Airbnb

Highclere Castle—the Real-Life Downton Abbey—Is Available to Rent on Airbnb Have you ever wanted to spend a night in a castle? And not just any castle—the Downton Abbey castle, Highclere Castle? On November 26, one lucky couple will get the opportunity to relive the TV show and movie, when castle owners Lady and Lord Carnarvon will cordially invite one person and their guest of choice to spend the night in the castle, which is located in Hampshire, England—about 45 miles west of London. On October 1 (Airbnb reservations go live at noon BST) anyone with a verified profile, positive reviews, and passion for Downton Abbey can vie for the opportunity.

The Hardings arrive at Downton for lunch, and Mrs. Harding turns out to be former housemaid Gwen (Rose Leslie). At first, nobody from upstairs recognizes Gwen has only warm memories of her time at Downton , and shares with them the story of how she was able to leave service and make her way in

A familiar face returns to Downton Abbey ! And Thomas is being evil once again! Read our recap and review of Downton Abbey – Season 6 Both Mary and Edith have gone through considerable changes, not only character but in station, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see them depicted so

The familiar, beloved music by John Lunn that we enjoyed all through six seasons, perfectly complements this new installment. You'll find new romance, plenty of intrigue, a pinch of pathos and even a touch of sorrow in this movie, which runs two hours.

I especially loved that Tom Branson (Allen Leech) had quite an involved storyline, but at the same time, I was disappointed Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) only had a few lines. I'm sure most fans would agree that a longer run time would have been welcome. However, even so, it was a completely satisfying sequel and hopefully, only the first of many Downton Abbey movies. ~Alexandra Heilbron

5 stars out of 5.

Click here if you have seen the film and would like to rate/review it yourself and click here to see our photo gallery of filming locations, including Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey.

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