Downton Abbey: The Movie
CAST : Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter
DIRECTOR : Michael Engler
Here we are with another big screen adaptation of a hit TV show loved by legions of fans, Downton Abbey gets the whole crew back together for one last ride (although depending on the box office returns, maybe it won’t be).
We’re instantly reacquainted with the Crawley family and all the staff that works at Downton Abbey as they’re going about their day to day from when we last saw them on our tv screens. We then see how they react when it’s revealed that the King and Queen of England are on a small tour and will be paying the stately manor a visit. This causes a ripple effect as everyone wants to make everything perfect for this momentous event.
What comes next is another set of mini storylines involving some mystery, some romance, some humor, and some intrigue, and all of the elements you’ve come to expect from a really good episode of the show, only now it’s on a wider, more elegant looking canvas.
Now, I am a huge fan of the show, so I was in from the jump. I love these characters and definitely wanted the chance to catch up with them again. That being said, I don’t think anyone that wasn’t a fan of the show originally will get a whole lot from of this movie. It’s an easy story to follow, even as it juggles multiple characters. It is COMPLETELY fan service though, so a lot it may not appeal to newbies, but if you enjoyed any of the past seasons, this is a real treat.
The performances are solid all around. Every character from the show gets a small moment to shine in the vast story. The visuals are gorgeous, the music is emotional and Dame Maggie Smith continues to be the MVP.
All in all, it’s a really good companion to the original TV show and manages to be a finale and possibly a new beginning for more stories.
4 out 5 stars
– “Marquee Mark”