Movie Review: Downton Abbey

October 13st, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Downton Abbey (2019)

PG | | Drama | 20 September 2019 (USA)
 
7.8/10
9,010
 
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

Director:

 Michael Engler

Writers:

 Julian Fellowes (characters), Julian Fellowes (screenplay by)

Initial Thoughts:

I'll say it right off the bat here, I'm not a fan of Downton Abbey. I know it's a worldwide hit show that is loved by millions but it's just not for me. I saw this because my wife loves the show and she agreed to see the new "Joker" movie. So my review is perhaps a little biased.

Main Points:

I'll say that there were parts of the movie I liked. Things are certainly on a larger scale than the show (again my wife has it on so much in the background I've seen bits of a lot of episodes), the acting is good, beautiful scenery and for what it is, an interesting story with a few twists I didn't see coming.

I was lucky enough to visit the real Highclere Castle in England (where the show is filmed) and I can tell you it is an amazing spot. I'm digressing though, I won't share any spoilers here and will just say fans of the show I'm sure will be happy. While there's no need for a sequel, this made lots of money so I'm sure there will be.

I will say that Maggie Smith always does a great job and it is a pleasure to see her in anything. I did also think, however, that the last 10-15 minutes feels tacked on and does make the movie drag.

Final Thoughts:

If you a fan of the show I'm sure you've probably already seen this, if not, well it's better than some of the terrible comedies I've seen over the years. I can say for a change that while I don't think children will enjoy this movie, it is certainly fine for ages 10+. I give it 7 out of 10 and a mild recommendation. A fan would no doubt give it a higher rating, until next time.