Downton Abbey : A New Era (2022)

For fans of the show, this film will feel more like home than the first movie. The first one was fanfare, a way to pull the audiences into the cinemas. This one is unapologetically like the show, moving with a balance of its grace, urgency, mystery and flurry.

To say that it is entertaining won’t do justice to it. It is engaging, beautifully written and does justice all characters and their arcs.

To watch them on screen feels like we are privy to a family home video, such is the connection with the Crawley family.

Watch it to mark the end of the old era and welcome the new one!

5/5

Belgravia (2020)

A historical drama based on the novel by Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, it has an exceptionally fast pace for the 19th century.

The premise is the same as any period setting, but the execution is different. The writing is exemplary and the cast is appropriate.

Vices, ambitions, lust and love pepper the proceedings, as we navigate a dilemma which spans 26 years.

An interesting watch with great production values and story telling.

Downton Abbey (2019)

I have been waiting for this film since it was announced and it delivers on every score. It felt like going back home. It’s not often we get so invested in a tv series, that we yearn to get one more glimpse of how their life would be a year or two later. We have the full package here, the Dowager ready with her quips, the servants with their antics, everyone settled in their lives, making big decisions, holding big events, some find love and others solace. Filled with scenes that make you laugh out loud, feel warm, spot the cunning and of course cry, it is a Fabulous tribute the characters we have loved for so many years.

5/5

Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

I have been wanting to watch this for a long time, and I guess it was meant to happen in Australia, in a binge watching spree. What a lovely show for those who love everything English. So many meaningful themes and messages. The biggest take away were CHANGE and LOVE. Wealth, though a backdrop, seldom made it ahead of those two. Starting from the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912, navigating through World War l and ending in the Christmas of 1925, it was a pleasure to watch the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family, their help and all that happened to them and through them. I will miss them, but I hear a film adaptation is in the offing? This one, I won’t object to.

“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”

– Dowager Countess Violet Grantham