The Downton Abbey Movie Brings A Royal Affair to Fans

Downton Abbey Review
Elizabeth McGovern stars as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham and in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC

For years, fans have fallen in love with the Crawley family and their lives as they live through wars and hard times at Downton Abbey, the opulent home in the English countryside. The show focused on the lives of the family upstairs and their connection and relationship to the staff that lives below. The show had a devoted fan base, so when Focus Feature announced they were creating a movie about the excitement was almost palpable.

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Picking up shortly after the original series ended, the Downton Abbey movie brings back the Crawleys, their staff and the house itself that hold their stories inside. But the movie brings a different level of opulence to the home and the story as the family gets notice that they are to host a royal visit, and have to prepare the home and event for the King and Queen as they stop by on their tour.

Downton Abbey Review
Sophie McShera stars as Daisy Mason and Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC

While the family works on planning their side of the royal visit, downstairs the staff works on getting the home ready while dealing with the royal staff that essentially takes over their work and home. The staff hatches a plan to take back their home and control of the situation so they can enjoy the momentous occasion as well.

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Downton Abbey Review
(l-r) Laura Carmichael stars as Lady Edith, Imelda Staunton as Maud Bagshaw and Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Liam Daniel / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC

Where this movie excels – it brings back the complete cast back with the feeling of the original show. It feels like fans are treated to a long episode and the stories, the glitz, the glamor and all of it is back. You will leave the theater nostalgic for the show that we are all mourning the loss of. There is no lag, there is no feeling that it’s a cash grab. Instead, the movie is a tribute to the characters, the ongoing story and even leaves it a bit open for more movies – and fan may demand it.

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Downton Abbey is in theaters everywhere now. Be sure to get your tickets and experience the movie on the big screen and experience it with other fans.

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The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.  Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.


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