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‘Downton Abbey’ Crosses The Atlantic For The American Big Screen

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2nd Official trailer for “Downton Abbey”

“Downton Abbey” will go down as one of the most prestigious and decorated television shows of the current decade. The period-piece debuted in 2010 on the UK’s ITV network and then aired in the states on PBS. It quickly gained a strong following and immense critical acclaim on both sides of the pond. During the show’s six seasons, it earned nearly a dozen Golden Globe nominations and wins along with countless Prime Time Emmy, BAFTA, and SAG Awards. 

The show took place in the early twentieth century and it chronicled the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on an English countryside estate. The plot is fictional, but it incorporated historical events such as British elections, the sinking of the Titanic, the Irish War or Independence, and World War I, showing how these incidents affected the characters.

Original Official trailer for “downton abbey”

The series ended with its praised finale in 2015, and at the time, it seemed like the story was over. In 2018, however, production began on a movie that would continue the Crawley family’s narrative. Now the film is finished and like the television show before it, it is coming across the Atlantic to show its face in America.

Michael Engler, who directed several episodes of the show, returned as director for the “Downton Abbey” film, and showrunner Julian Fellowes is credited as the movie’s sole writer. Cast members Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith amongst others from the show are also coming back for the film. 

Likewise, the film’s production designer Donal Woods and costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins are also veterans from the show, so the movie will happily retain the series’ signature post-Edwardian western European aesthetic.

As far as the plot goes, the movie picks up in 1927, two years after the events of the series finale. It focuses on Downton Abbey’s patrons preparing for a visit from King George V and Queen Mary, and all the consequential bustle and scandal that takes place within the estate.

Official trailer Featurette for “downton abbey”

The film came out in the UK first and it received pleasant reviews. It currently holds a fresh 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a comfy 7.8 stars on IMDb—higher than both Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood, its two main competitors for this weekend. Critics are saying that it captures the charming energy of the show well and that the cast has not missed a beat in reprising their beloved roles. 


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