Opened: September 20, 2019
Directed by: Michael Engler
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael C. Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Henry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Mark Addy, Max Brown, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richenda Carey, David Haig, Andrew Havill, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, Susan Lynch, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips & Douglas Reith
A feature-length film version of the beloved television series, Downton Abbey retains the magic of the show to bring a new story to its devoted audience.
When King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) announce a visit to Downton Abbey, the Crawley family and their workers are sent into a tizzy. When members of the royal party and their servants arrive, tensions arise.
Like the television show, the film doesn’t rely on action but rather the drama that comes from witty conversation. Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton’s characters always had a great back-and-forth, but the addition of Imelda Staunton’s Lady Bagshaw fuels more fire.
The film touches on several important topics, including men’s roles in their families, homosexuality in the early 1900s and class system.
Final say: Why does it have to end again? ★★★★★