Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

DVD - 2019
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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. The event will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD DOWNTON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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ThomasJWhiting
Jan 18, 2020

VERY GOOD 2019 film sequel to fab television series which ran from 2010-2015. I did enjoy the film, but wish I had better memory recollection of all the interesting characters from the earlier TV days.
It was VERY enjoyable to see that fab building and all the settings, again - along with the terrific costumery, etc.

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Paul_Zukowski
Jan 17, 2020

Middle of a road movie for me. While the visuals and audio are on par and the writing is serviceable I think the amount of fan service and related story arcs rather drag the movie down while reminding the viewer that a series doesn't translate that well to a one time movie.

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BBRUTTIG
Jan 16, 2020

2019 A fun drama comedy adventutre with the folks at Downtown Abbey involving the King/Queen of England.

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minnesota007
Jan 16, 2020

Good!

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bby604
Jan 04, 2020

Great to see everyone is back for the movie. It is just like having friends over for a visit and catching up with how they are doing. More like having comfort food in the midst of winter.

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libertytoday2003
Dec 31, 2019

It was a splendid movie about a family of lower class elites and their staff during a visit by the British King and Queen whose own staff added to chaos of the time. It was fun watching this because the Old English Elites had such wonderful homes and the chaos of keeping alive true upper class customs. The movie could have done without the LGBTQ agenda most pervasive in movies today. Duly note that anyone who needs a thrill ride this movie is not for you. It was well done with the exception of leaving out the agenda nonsense, we could all do without that these days. So sit back and relax as you learn something about old English customs, Royalty and this band of elite misfits whose lives are turned upside down for single day of mixing with Royalty. It was quite fun, indeed.

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Born2Weed
Dec 30, 2019

We enjoyed the series and hoped the movie would be as good. Perhaps we expected too much from it, only to learn that a one-shot movie couldn't deliver the way a long-running series did. It seemed as though this movie contains too little even as it tried to cram in too much. So that everything was so superficial and hastily done. But the movies does provide a reminder of the severe class divide in jolly old England of those days, something that we don't want to see repeated here in the USA, with the growing gap between the "superior, elite, hyper-rich, celebrity" crowd and the mass of "deplorable people who shop at discount stores."

The Downton Abbey movie sets, costumes, old cars and people are still beautiful to the eye. It was nice to see so many of the Downton TV characters (and the same actors) again. The gap in time since the last TV season was enough that we sometimes had to think back- e.g., did those two get married? Is that guy a new staff member? etc. The writers tried to bring many of the prior stories/characters to happy endings in the movie. While leaving some open threads for a possible sequel. Some good casting and performances in the guest stars portraying the Royal Family and their household staff.

We bought the DVD ourselves, but have no interest in seeing it twice.

In short, a strange contrast of much too much and much too little all wrapped up in one movie that dragged along and then suddenly ended. Some sub-plots could have been entirely cut without being missed. We'll share our DVD with some friends and then we'll donate it to the local library guild.

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vickmeister
Dec 30, 2019

Slightly overlong but otherwise splendidly executed return to the lavish world of the Crawley family, their associates, and servants as they anticipate a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. Every main character gets a turn in the spotlight, with the coming royal visit giving everyone a chance to participate somehow. Obviously those who are fans of the series will get more out of the continuation of the stories of their favorites, but on its own as a period drama it stands as a window into what life was like for those of varying social ranks in 1920s Britain, with enough beautiful clothing and gorgeous interiors, drama and light comedy to satisfy all. As a longtime Downton fan I was very happy to see that characters who didn't get the nice tidy happy ending at the end of the TV series were given some hopeful outcomes here. I loved it.

Cheryl_in_IT Dec 30, 2019

I think for those who waited from the end of season 6 till the movie, this was a joyful revisit to the Downton Abbey cast of characters (oh Cousin Violet!) and, for those who waited longer for the DVD, a winter comfort food dish. It's just as pretty (even more footage of the castle) as the tv series and all the favorite people are there, being themselves.

Having come directly from a binge watch of all 6 seasons to the movie a few days later, I didn't love it quite as much, but appreciated it for what it is. The episode format of the show allowed for longer dramas to play out over a season or several episodes. The shorter length of the film made for dramatic moments that didn't really feel like they had much teeth, and while I could understand fur standing the wrong way when the royal staff impose, I couldn't quite buy in to the level of offense and upset.

I think, too, between the season finale of episode 6 and the movie, they tried to give every character a happily-ever-after, which part of me loves, but another feels it's a bit untrue to the overall atmosphere and drama of the show over the years before.

Still, it's an enjoyable revisit to Downton. Perhaps a wee bit of a smack for Mrs. Hughes (normally one of my favorites) for rubbing Mr. Carson's retirement in his nose in one scene. Girl, that's just rude.

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maipenrai
Dec 29, 2019

I have missed the Downton Abbey series, so it was great fun to see so many of the original cast in the film. So many loose ends must be tied up in the movie that it seems a bit contrived and frenetic, but I still loved it. Of course, Maggie Smith still gets the best zingers. Poignant ending to story of beloved characters. Don't miss it if you are a Downton fan!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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