If you’re a DOWNTON ABBEY fan, this is another movie with wonderful twists and turns.

I want to say this one is different, but it is not. The creators tried to put a lot of content into a two-and-a-half-hour film. This means there are a lot of highs and lows. So for fans, you will want more, and for newcomers, you will be a bit lost.

The movie doesn’t have a straightforward path. If anything, it bounces around a few storylines, and unfortunately, some plots drag out.

A quick play-by-play of what worked:

  • Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) was absolutely stunning, and audiences will really feel her power.
  • Hugh Bonneville was a more energetic Lord Grantham but, sadly, also seemed very lost and confused.
  • Jim Carter had a bit of tease with his Mr. Carter role.
  • Robert James-Collier was fantastic playing the lovable Thomas Barrow.
  • Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) and Sophie McShera (Daisy Parker) were sidelined cheerleaders this go around.
  • Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) finally had “spicer” screen time.
  • The anchor to hold all of them together was Violet Crawley (legendary Maggie Smith).

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA is now playing in cinemas everywhere, and, if you are a fan, I would recommend seeing it now – if not, see it whenever.

Vanessa Szajnberg

Living in the clouds as an engineer. She is a movie enthusiast, globe trotter, dog-loving, and Formula One gear head.

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