REVIEW: Downton Abbey Film

Four years have past since fans since fans last visited the world of Downton Abbey. The year is 1927 and a rather surprising message has been sent to the estate from Buckingham Palace. If you weren’t able to get a ticket for the advanced fan event though, don’t fret. The Downton Abbey movie will officially open nationwide on September 20th. While we highly suggest you be familiar with the show before you see the movie (which follows a brief time gap from the finale), here’s a great recap of everything you need to know.

Kathryn’s Rating: Enjoyed It. Finally satisfied with how some of these characters turned out.

MPAA Rating: PG

Run Time: Approximately 122 minutes

The king and queen are coming to Downton and everybody has something to say about it. Whether it’s good or bad, opinions on the royal visit are definitely made clear. At the end of the day, however, everybody tries to come together to make sure things can run as smoothly as they can. After all, these kinds of events don’t come around often. But is it a true Downton experience without some mischief? If you love this world just as much as I do, you’ll find yourself on the usual rollercoaster of emotions it puts you through. Don’t forget to bring those tissues! If you’re wondering, our theater did give it an ovation once the credits started scrolling. So take that as you will.

Our movie takes place over only a handful of days, but it was wonderful being reunited with everyone again. It truly felt like a homecoming. While I wanted more, I knew it was finally time to say goodbye. This movie gave me that chance. Now that I’ve had time to process the pomp and circumstance, I can tell you that it is a beautiful extension of the show. Everything wrapped up nicely in my honest opinion. They pay tribute to past storylines, expand on some, and still manage to leave others open-ended. You will have questions by the time you leave the theater but that’s okay.

Before I send you off, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If you haven’t seen the show, THE MOVIE WILL SPOIL IT FOR YOU. I’m sorry but there’s no way to avoid it. Unless you manage to binge-watch six seasons before your screening.
  • Since it’s 1927, King George V is currently on the throne. His reign officially marks the beginning of the House of Windsor.
  • There are plenty of social issues explored in the movie that can inspire conversations after. Some of those include LGBTQ+ rights, class status, women’s rights, etc.
  • The English countryside is put on full display here and it’s stunning seeing those train scenes and rolling meadows on the big screen. Did you know that Downton Abbey is actually Highclere Castle in real life and you can visit it?
  • World Market has an entire Downton Abbey collection of goods that you can explore. I can personally vouch for the lemon curd, marmalade, and teas.
  • Special shout out to the new cast members who blended with the world so well.


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