Four years after the end of the series, there is a reunion with beloved characters in “Downton Abbey“. A large number of characters may make it difficult for newcomers to get started, especially since the quality of the various parallel stories varies somewhat. Nevertheless, the film is a worthy sequel that once again lives on the characters and the fantastic ensemble.
A great honor is bestowed on Downton Abbey! The mansion of Count Robert Crawley ( Hugh Bonneville ) and his wife Cora ( Elizabeth McGovern ) has welcomed many illustrious guests. But when King George V and Queen Mary announced themselves in 1927, it meant a state of emergency even for the experienced household. Charles Carson ( Jim Carter ) is frantically brought back, who led the servants for a long time – much to the annoyance of his actual successor Thomas Barrow ( Robert James-Collier). And the rest of the following soon become dissatisfied when it becomes clear that Downton Abbey‘s servants will be in charge during the royal stay. Meanwhile, the Crawleys also have their problems.
Everything has to come to an end sometime, even the most beautiful things. But maybe not. As surprising as the success of the series Downton Abbey was, which, spread over 52 episodes, told the story of everyday life in a noble English mansion in the 1920s, the announcement that a few years later a movie would be made after all was just as surprising. Such a project is usually a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, fans can look forward to the return of their old heroes and heroines. But it often feels a bit like a sellout, all the more so when those responsible don’t understand how to adapt the series concept to the changed frame/screen conditions.