Downton Abbey (2019)
September 19, 2019 4:09 PM - Subscribe

The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
posted by guiseroom (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Caught a bit of a radio review that, partially in jest, suggested this film was setting the stage for "The Downton Cinematic Universe".

(waiting for Lady Mary vs The Hulk crossover)
posted by sammyo at 7:27 PM on September 19, 2019 [6 favorites]

I enjoyed it as did the folks in my theater who were cackling wildly. It was nice to catch up with everyone again. They really nailed the tone from the tv show of veering between silly and po-faced monarchy worship which I enjoy. I was just pleased to see them finally invent someone who would be suitable for Tom so he can have his big wedding resolution in the next one, he deserves it.
posted by bleep at 9:40 PM on September 22, 2019 [5 favorites]

I was just pleased to see them finally invent someone who would be suitable for Tom so he can have his big wedding resolution in the next one, he deserves it.

I can't wait for it!
posted by jgirl at 8:41 PM on September 23, 2019 [3 favorites]

Just saw this yesterday. What a pleasure to return to that world, however briefly.

The excellent:
1) Fantastic gowns all around. Mary's dress at the final ball was spectacular.
2) Happy Edith! A pleasure to behold.
3) Anna's inventive caper; fun to see the gang work together and thwart the interlopers.
4) Thomas and the valet! Wooohoo! Plus a (more) realistic context for his situation.
5) So many sumptuous interiors!
6) Finally we see it rain in Yorkshire!
7) The hot plumber.

The not-so-good:
1) As much as I like Tom, there was way too much focus on him throughout the tale. TWO subplots for him and none for Robert!
2) Lame-o Henry "Boytoy" Talbot arrives just in time to dance at the ball; such a metaphor for his afterthought of a character.
3) Improbable resolution of the cousin's maid subplot.
4) Poor Molesley, back to being a figure of fun.
5) The unconvincing motivation for the Queen's seamstress's bad habit. Nobody would have noticed this problem before?!
6) Seems quite unlikely that the cousin would have accepted Isobel's presumptuous intrusion into family matters.

Still, overall, it was such fun. Do see it.
posted by GrammarMoses at 6:46 AM on October 19, 2019 [2 favorites]

Finally saw this and can say we enjoyed it. It's comparable to a Xmas special.

The show always veered between class commentary and nobility/royal worship and this film tilts more heavily toward the latter. Comrade Doll (a child of a revolution) kept muttering "And this is how you end up against a wall." But she still liked it, too.

Tom comes out best here, receiving the best storylines, getting the best new character as a love interest, and generally perfecting his entire I-love-my-adooted-family-but-you-people-understand-this-life-is-bananas vibe.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:36 PM on December 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

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