You know the minute you hear that theme music and that camera seeps over the English countryside that you are about to be transported into the world of Downton Abbey. Now moved to the big screen, this television series is beloved and was highly decorated while on PBS taking home accolades from BAFTA, the Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys in the categories of Production Design, Hairstyling and top actor/actress swards to name a few.
As we return to Downton, the Crawleys find themselves preparing for an impending visit from the Queen and King. Very quickly, there is a hierarchy established between the Royal Household and Downton staff which provides for some comical material. Also, on the horizon is the legacy of Downton and who stands to inherit once the elders have taken their last breath.
Of course, as a huge fan of the television series, this big screen version wouldn’t not have been complete for me without Carson (Jim Carter) or Violet Crawley/Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) who always bring the right amount of acerbic comedic sensibility that we have come to love and appreciate over the years.
And what would Downton be without a little bit of drama. LGBTQ issues are in the forefront, a healthy competition and jealousy between the staffs of Downton and the Royals, an assassination attempt make for some intriguing, dramatic, heartwarming moments throughout.
The cinematography alone will entice you into booking trip to Great Britain while making your way to the English countryside for a vacay of epic proportions. I mean who doesn’t need or want their own valet or have their meals prepared in total royal fashion.
If you are a fan of the series, you will be whole heartedly satisfied with their onscreen version produced by Focus Features and directed by Michael Engler, Downton Abbey is a must-see for the fall when it drops on September 20th.
If you didn’t watch the series, don’t worry me and my co host from ‘You Know That Scene’ on Focus Features will catch you up…
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