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Paychecks abound!!! I enjoyed the Downton series, but this film just feels like a deleted episode.
Everything it needs to be, it is.
Yes, you do have to already love Downton to love this film as you should. You can still enjoy it without having all the background on the characters’ lives, but you’ll be at quite a disadvantage and will likely be able to tell as much on some level. It would be worth your while to go back and watch the television series afterward, if you’ve not seen it already!
The continuity from television to film is well done here, both where the plot and the characters are concerned, and it’s upbeat and satisfying overall without making every detail of every character’s life perfect. It was great hearing all the music again, too. Downton’s theme, the Mary/Matthew theme, the Tom/Sybil theme—and don’t get me started on the exquisite costumes.
Whenever I rewatch the series now, I’ll be sure to include this in the cycle.
An excellent ending but a few strands were left untied so I hope there’ll be another movie!
I loved the parts where the royal servants were locked in their rooms!
Downton Abbey fan who loved this movie. My favorite moment Mr. Mosley's curtsey!
I really loved the Downton Abbey series, but I found this feature film to be disappointing overall. The plot was so very thin and very contrived and kind of dull! It was a treat to see the beloved and familiar Downton characters again. Everything and everyone looked beautiful. But the forced conflict between the palace staff and the Downton Abbey staff? Such an awful storyline! Ugh! Such unprofessional and childish behaviour on the part of everyone involved. It was painful to watch and it seemed 100% unrealistic that high level service staff would act like such unprofessional babies. I thought it was appalling that Anna of all people would be involved in the scheme to drug the royal chef to get him out the way. I found this entire plotline deplorable and I thought the behaviour of the Downton Staff wasn't endearing and delightful but was really unethical and reckless. And devoting screentime to a ridiculously mundane subplot about Lady Edith's dress? Really? It seemed so trite and mundane. And the Princess Mary storyline was also awful and seemed so contrived. A royal princess would be confiding in Tom like that? Ugh. So while it was fun to revisit Downton and see all the characters again, I actually found the movie a real letdown.
I was a big fan of the series, but this movie was disappointing. The parade and ballroom scenes were technically more complicated than anything that I can remember in the series, so kudos for that. The costume and set design were excellent as usual, but marred by poor lighting. The plot, if you could call it that, was trite and predictable, and the acting seemed like everyone was just tired of the SOS. The bonus features actors' roundtable had them joking that the movie could be the start of a franchise, much like Star Trek. One would hope not. Seasons 5 & 6, followed by this movie, exhibit a continuing downward trend in the creativity and wit that were the hallmark of the first 4 seasons. Overall, the movie was 2 hours of extremely forgettable much ado about nothing.
I really enjoyed the series, so I was excited to watch the movie. Overall, an ok movie. I liked seeing all my favourite characters again, and there were some lovely scenes and good character development, but the main plot of the Queen coming to Downton for dinner was a little boring and it felt like it dragged on.
Charming! I especially enjoyed listening to the actors discuss their roles in the Special Features. It was like watching and listening to modern day Crawleys.
It's probably the start of a movie franchise. Not as good as the original series.
This movie is a delight! Do not listen to the bah humbug reviews. Any Downton Abbey fan will love to revisit the Crawley family and staff in this wonderful continuation. I saw the movie in the theatres, people applauded at the ending. I watched it again at home, and enjoyed it all over again. I look forward to the next instalment!
I felt the movie was lacking in British temperament, as though it was written to appeal to an American audience--too "cutesy" as compared to the series. I attended the one night preview and came away disappointed. Having said that, I'll still watch it again--maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind at the time.
Dear God, this was boring. Everything was predictable. It just was an overly long episode, glad we did not pay to view it. Poor folks that did. P.S. I am...oops..was a fan of the series.
I had only seen snippets of the TV show, but still found this follow-up film accessible. I couldn't tell you anybody's name, but the film does a good job of setting up its world for new viewers. It's funny, soapy, and the cast is fantastic. If you like period British dramas, I would recommend it.
An adequate coda to the series. Fans will be happy to be reacquainted with familiar characters and attractive new ones.
I loved the series and was sad for it to end but the lives that were focused on the in the movie brought it together. I thought even with the many different "plots", each one left me feeling the lives were moving ahead. I was not expecting the dowager's ending (but no surprise), but her efforts were going to be carried on by Lady Mary. I think the sharp wit of the British was carried through especially when they got rid of the royal staff. I really enjoyed it.
Not good. Nothing going on...just getting ready for dinner with the Queen. Boring.
Phew...a lot going on here. It's as if they tried to give every character a dramatic story line. It's missing the wit & sharp dialogue you'd expect so I'd only recommend it for rabid fans of the series.
Shame on Julian fellows. This movie was writen by a two-year old. Was an avid fan of the series. But this movie was rediculous. Six subplots & he tries to solve them in the last ten minutes of the movie. And the answer for the dowager---how sad. Don't waste your time
I loved the series and was totally disappointed with this movie. The lighting was just awful and the story was not up to the standard of the series.
Followers of DA will know that screenwriter Julian Fellowes ran out of creative steam half way through the series. This forelock-tugging, retro-porn extravaganza shows he has not recovered. His story line throws many balls into the air, each one sillier and more predictable than the next. Isobel and the dowager countess are in form as they trade acerbic barbs, but too much of the dialogue is cloying and, towards the end, positively cringe-inducing. The only nice touch is the budding romance between Tom Branson, that poor excuse for an Irishman, and a sweet Tuppence Middleton, whose impending good fortune will, we are to hope, finally bring Tom his own broad acres. Watch it for the grand old crew and the clothing, but that's all you are going to get. And if you are a monarchist, watch out. These two hours of bowing and scraping will turn you into a confirmed republican.
Revisiting Downton Abbey and its many residents (upper and lower stairs), felt like putting on a cozy pair of slippers - all of the good feels came back from the original series.
While I would recommend viewing (or skimming) the original series first, the film is constructed in such a way that a novice viewer could still enjoy the story and pacing,
The Dowager Countess would not be amused. Characters appear and disappear at random and without benefit of a believable plot. Those who want a glimpse of the elegance of Highclere Castle and period costumes will be rewarded with precisely that, and no more. A disappointing sequel to an interesting, though uneven series.
This is like a cheap version of the excellent series. Condensing a long beautiful series into a choppy movie with splicing and dicing just didn't cut it. Still not too bad, but a pale comparison to the series. A for effort, C or D for results.
An absolute mess, from the lighting (one light and only one light for the interior shots), to the writing (anyone for sub-sub-sub plots), to the acting and direction. If they wanted to kill off the series then they did a fine job. If you liked the series do yourself a favor and don't watch this.