With the Downton Abbey film now out in cinemas, what are your thoughts on it? Did it live up to the television series? One user mentioned going to watch it dressed in the attire of the era, anyone else do something similar? If so, feel free to share any pictures!
I thought it was quite good. Pacing was good, if a couple relationship developments were a bit rushed.
Downton Abbey on the big screen felt appropriate and comfortable. The production was at a very high standard.
I’m a bit sad that this will probably be truly the last we see of the characters and places we’ve come to love, but it was a fine send off.
I do wonder how it will play for those who didn’t follow the show, but the one person I saw it with (who doesn’t even really watch period pieces) thought it was decent even though they didn’t know half of what was going on and was a bit puzzled by some of the dramatic moments.
If this is about the Motion Picture that should never have been then that my dears says it all... Julian Fellowes should have signed the offer presented to him and carried on with the natural progression of the characters lives "Including" Daisy and her getting married as well as Mosley and Baxter finally becoming a couple and getting Married.. I would also like to know who's bright Idea it was to turn Barrow into a sniveling unsure coward of a Butler?? I have never seen him like that so that in its self destroyed the film for me.. Bringing Carson in is one thing yes but it should have been to "Help" Barrow circumvent and derail the Royal Chef and entourage who felt they were better than the Downtown Abbey staff. Not to push Barrow out all together as if he was useless. I will stop there because there is a LONG list of things that are totally and quite profusely inaccurate to the characters to the point it makes them and us as the viewers seem obtuse. I for one am not obtuse. I however felt robbed of good hard earned money for something that was falsely advertised... but that is a shame on me... in future I will make doubly sure of the contents are what is advertised before I purchase them.. My opinion so take them for what it is worth...
The biggest failure, to me, was the scene of Edith's wedding announcement, where Robert leaned over to tell Mrs Pelham she'd better speak now or lose him forever.
That felt badly rushed.
I was unpleased at how the story makes Mary and the upstairs family kind of stupid for not figuring out why there was a problem with downstairs. That the king's crew was stomping on the house crew.
I understand Barrow being ousted left him free to do his own storyline, and that actually was a very meaty sideline. I hadn't known homosexuality was illegal in England then, and it broke my heart to realize it. I just didn't like him not having a place in the triumph of the event at the house.
The staff 'rebellion' was also rather far-fetched, not very plausible in several ways.
The movie as a whole, once the king's visit theme was introduced, was fairly predictable. Just a foofy storyline. It was fine.
The reason I so liked the film, though, was because it's just a chance to see them and the house again.
Aside from my dislike of the Cora char, and Daisy being so freakin stupidly annoying, there is some seriously good acting by a LOT of people in this series.
I mean I couldn't even have a "top 5 favorite" list because there's simply too many. Everyone except Cora, Rose, and Daisy should be getting awards after the film.
What do you think?