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!
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This has been bothering me since the series ended. Does anyone else feel that we weren't given the original series ending? It seemed to abruptly change course (for the worse IMHO) in the middle of Season 6. This is what I think was meant to happen:
Robert dies from his burst ulcer because the little Downton hospital doesn't have the means to save him. His death makes Violet see that she was wrong to oppose the consolidation with York, and she humbly hands the reins over to Cora. This would make sense of the whole pointless hospital drama, and Robert's stomach problems which began back in Season 5. Elizabeth McGovern had even said while filming Season 6 it was a sad time at the Abbey and that there were four weddings and a funeral.
Thomas goes to work for and begins a relationship with Peter Hexham who doesn't die after all. When they made such a point of discussing the new Lord Hexham back in Season 5, I thought, he was definitely intended for Thomas. Why else make the Marquess single, the same age as Barrow, and definitely gay, only to kill him off unseen? Thomas would have gone to Brancaster Castle, and Carson would have stayed on at Downton Abbey.
Daisy receives a scholarship to attend Hillcroft college from Lady Edith. That would be the only reason I can see for making Edith a trustee of a school for underprivileged women. What was the point of Daisy's studies if she was to continue working in the kitchen, living on Mr. Mason's farm, and possibly marrying Andy? I believe her storyline was meant to show how a person could rise above their station in life through education.
Miss Baxter confronts her former flame and partner-in-crime, Peter Coyle, and Molesley has to fight for her love. That would make sense of the baffling trial plotline that went absolutely nowhere. Why else bring Coyle into it at all?
Bates and Anna finally buy their little hotel. In the first episode after the two are finally cleared in Mr. Green's murder, Bates says that he is going to see a real estate agent in the morning, but nothing is ever mentioned about it again.
I think when the idea of making a movie came up, there was a new ending written that kept everyone alive and living in Downton. Am I nuts, or do you think I might be on to something here?
So a friend told me to look behind Daisy in the season 2 finale Ouija board scene. They thought the directors had conjured up a subtle spirit of Lavinia image. And there does appear to be a purplish light/reflection/something to the centre right. It's likely just a reflection but still, a fun thought.
I think Jessica Brown Findlay is so beautiful. I have seen her in DA, Winter's Tale, Albatross, Victor Frankenstein, This Beautiful, Fantastic, and I just watched the first episode of Jamaica's Inn. Very good :) Sybil is my fave character and Jessica played her so well. I'm glad her legacy lived on after her death. I think she was the prettiest on DA.
I think Sybil Crawley was about the most beautiful woman on DA. She was also ahead of her time and quite intelligent. Mary and Rose were also beauties. Anyone else think so?
I just LOVED Sybil and Tom! :) Such a great couple. A great story of forbidden love. They were so cute together. They were one of my favorite couples along with Matthew and Mary.
I have never see more beautiful and more cute person than Lily. I think she is perfect and the best accress and singer in The World. What do you think about that??
Has anyone ever created a guide to the dialects or accents of the various characters in the series? For those of us who don't know the intricacies of spoken English language variations (read Americans) it would be helpful to have the insight of one knowledgeable about this subtlety of each character's portrayal. I would expect the writers to have deliberately chosen characters from specific backgrounds for specific roles and that the dialect/accent of those characters is meant to impart information about what to expect or infer about the character's upbringing, life expectations, cultural experiences, and so forth. This would certainly go for the upstairs characters as much as the downstairs.
Did anyone else think that Atticus' face looked odd when he came back for the last episode? I thought his face looked a bit puffy and his skin looked blotchy.
Does anyone know the episode where the Dowager explains the system of titles to Tom? I believe this scene is at a party of some kind.
Orchestra Collective of Orange County will be performing our Annual Pops Concert. We will be performing theme music from movies and musicals and included in our playlist will be the Theme Music for Downton Abbey! As a fan myself, I'm beyond excited! March 25th Sunday at 6PM in Anaheim. Please go to ocofoc.org for more info.
K, so imagine if Julian Fellowes said, "I'm making another Downton Abbey TV show." Take this very seriously: What do you want it to be about? Would it be a prequel? If so, would it be centered around Robert and Cora's early relationship? Or would it be back when Robert was just a boy? Or would it be when Robert and Cora were already married, with young Mary, Edith, and Sybil? Perhaps it would take place after Downton Abbey? If so, would it be during World War II when Violet and Carson are dead? Would it be during the Great Depression? Perhaps it would have an unrelated cast of characters and take place during the 20th century in a different household? I want your ideas!
Rewatching the series again it really strikes me as odd as to why Robert is so put off on Edith marrying Strallan. I know the reasons he states, but think about it, back in those days (and earlier) fathers made all sorts of arranged marriages for their daughters, many with much younger daughters being married off to men much older than Strallan, whom the daughters did not even want to marry. Here is his daughter, past the age many girls/women get married at the time, in love with this man, wants to marry him, and he is a titled, well-off upper class gentleman. It seems Robert should be glad of it.
Tom seems to have gained about 20 pounds from season 1 to the finale. So you think it was in the script? That he was living the good life and so wasn't so lean and mean? I think not, but that the director didn't think it mattered for his character, so let it be. Your thoughts?
While I thoroughly enjoy the series, did anyone else find the story line of Marigold completely unbelievable? Even though Lord & Lady Grantham were more liberal minded that other aristocrats of the day, there is absolutely no way they would have allowed Edith to keep an illegitimate baby, no matter how much they might love her.
Especially as the whole point of the aristocracy was blood lines, inheritance and legitimacy. For an Earl's daughter to give birth out of wedlock would have meant she would have been forced to give the child up for adoption end of story. To not do so would have caused such a scandal, the entire family would have been outcasts.
I have just started watching Downton for the seventh time. You know what it's like, you start actually watching what is going on more carefully, and you notice things. For instance. Has anyone ever noticed, in the scene where Thomas is dressing Kemal for dinner. what a performance he goes through to tie the tie. After all, It is one thin piece of material. And then, to cap it all, Kemal finishes the whole procedure by pushing up this tiny knot, as you would a full knot in a man's tie. I'm not being picky as I love Downton with a passion as do we all, I was just amused.
Sybil for sure.. I admired her for rebelling against the way that aristocrats were supposed to act at the time and she had such a kind and positive personality. Also I 100% ship Sybil and Tom and they are definitely my two favourite characters. Who is everyone else's favourite sister? :)