I am a huge fan of the DOWNTON ABBEY TV series and first film, so it is no wonder that DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA was everything I hoped it would be and more. The joy of sitting in a dark theatre surrounded by “old friends” was exactly what I needed to escape the reality of our current world situation. 

What I love about the story is that Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer, allows all of the ensemble to be true to their characters, yet he still manages to provide growing pangs, stumbles, and new triumphs.  The script offered every actor, whether upstairs or downstairs, to have their moments. New faces were added to the scene, but they never interfered, or took away from those precious, screen seconds. Kudos, Mr. Fellowes. You know your audience well. 

The cinematography was fabulous. Whether we were on the amazing property of DA, at a magnificent villa in the south of France, crossing the ocean, or participating in life’s milestone events, the cameras just swept us away. It was as if the viewers were intimately a part of the family’s journey. I also enjoyed the addition of a “Hollywood” movie crew filming at DA.  This provided historical facts and scenes getting us from the “silent” to the “talkies.”  

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA made me laugh, smile, and moved me to the “ugly cry.” It was a spectacular ending and an introduction to the next chapter. I, for one, hope there will be more. I would love to see how this family of grace and class can lead us into the next century. The family is not perfect, but they love deeply, are immensely loyal, generous, honest, not afraid to say what they think, and sincerely wish the best for all humankind. True role models. I find myself often wishing more people were similar. 

DA is not for everyone. It is a gentle ride to a time decades ago, but for those of us who adore this beloved franchise, don’t miss it! When the familiar musical notes begin, your heart will soar. 

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA is now playing in theaters everywhere. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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