David Copperfield (1999)

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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

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

My Old Lady (2014)

Director Israel Horovitz makes a slow paced film about an old (and super cool) lady who has a poetic task of explaining French rental and ownership laws to an American. Complications arise and the viewer is treated to a languid series of events.

Maggie Smith is a consistent delight. Kevin Kline plays the frustrated American very well. Kristin Scott Thomas’ character transforms the most.

A light drama, it is perfect for a flight watch.

2/5

The second best exotic marigold hotel (2015)

The old crew is back (pun intended), this time they are settled in the pink city and looking forward to ‘sunny boy’s’ wedding.

The story moves forward with characteristic British humour and the wit we rely upon from stalwarts Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Richard Gere becomes the ‘eye patch candy’ in the group and the looming expansion of the business provides the back drop of the tension.

Lots more music and dance make this a departure from its predecessor, but it’s heart is still in the place you left the first one. The line that resonated with me the most was, “There’s no such thing as an end, it’s only when you leave the story.”

Director John Madden has provided a fitting sequel for a film which embraces old age (if you are lucky to reach it) and death (how much time do we really have left?).

Watch it if you enjoyed the first one ( its more sober brother). You are in for more treats and irony.

3.5/5