For Insiders, the Downton Abbey Movie is a Gem
Michael Engler creates an excellent two-hour episode* of Downton Abbey which will be enjoyable to all who have watched the show and which also will probably incomprehensible to newcomers.** While I wasn’t particularly pining for the Downton gang, the movie reminded me how much I loved the characters, and the movie—unlike, at times, the series—had a tight, comprehensive plot that touched on nearly all of the characters.*** Overall, a great movie, assuming you have done your background research.
The verdict: Recommended
(assuming you are already a fan)
Where watched: Regal Tigard Stadium 12 (where they waste time making you pick your seat)
Consider also watching:
- Downton Abbey Season 1
- Downton Abbey Season 2
- After that, the plot gets very soap opera-y
- If you like the characters, the rest of the series is worth watching
*It’s not really a movie, just a longer version of the show.
**Who are all these people? If you haven’t watched the show, this movie isn’t going to enlighten you.
***Bates wandered in an out and otherwise wasn’t present, but nearly everyone else was around.
The mansion that King George V and Queen Mary visit after Downton Abbey, where the ball is held at the end of the film, is Harewood House. Although the name of the village is pronounced as it is spelled (Hare-wood), the House and the title Lord Harewood are perversely pronounced Har-wood, as was correctly done throughout the film.
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Here’s a bonus picture because I just love it so much