DOWNTON ABBEY – “A plate of crumpet covered comfort food”

This image released by Focus features shows Elizabeth McGovern, from left, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Fox, right, in a scene from "Downton Abbey." The highly-anticipated film continuation of the "Masterpiece" series that wowed audiences for six seasons, will be released Sept. 13, 2019, in the United Kingdom and on Sept. 20 in the United States. (Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features via AP)

RATING

DIRECTOR

Michael Engler

STARRING

  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
  • Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
  • Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham
  • Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
  • Penelope Wilton as Isobel, Lady Merton
  • Allen Leech as Tom Branson
  • Jim Carter as Charles Carson
  • Robert James-Collier as Thomas Barrow
  • Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes
  • Brendan Coyle as John Bates
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
  • Lesley Nicolas Beryl Patmore
  • Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley
  • Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason
  • Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter
  • Michael C. Fox as Andy Parker
  • Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot

SYNOPSIS

Is a continuation of the British television series of the same name.

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.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Downton Abbey’s silver screen debut is nothing short of a big ‘ol dish of delightfully amusing fan service. That is to say, if you watched the beloved British TV program of the same name (and liked it), then you are certainly going to devour what is being served to you here: a plate of crumpet covered comfort food. Downton’s old-timey whimsy is at an all time high, as is the frenzied fun, with everyone and their mother in atwitter over an impending royal visit. More so, the distinguished cast is clearly having a blast (something that is infectious to the audience), as they dish out wonderfully snappy dialogue in performances they’ve had upwards of 6 years to master. And as you might expect, the set pieces and production design are all incredibly lavish, no doubt thanks to the increased cinematic budget offerings. Now, if you have not seen the show, and are going in blind, well, it’s a bit of a different story. I mean, sure you’ll get the gist of it all, but with LOTS of characters (many with only the briefest of appearances) and no time for back stories, it’s just not going to pack the same punch of panache. This is a movie that plays to its fan base, essentially saying “to hell with newbies.” Abbey aficionados however, this plate’s for you. Bon appetite!

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