The big screen film adaptation of Downton Abbey is deluxe in every way. The much-loved TV series followed the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. The film being set in the roaring twenties, circa 1927.
The viewer is immersed in the life of the aristocracy of this stately home when it is announced that real royalty is coming to visit, which brings the whole original cast back together. Audience members unfamiliar with the original show will soon be drawn into the life and times of the grandeur of Downton Abbey.
The story centres on the preparations for the visit by the Royals who travel with their own entourage, which forms a point of contention with the staff of Downton Abbey.
Gloriously filmed with sumptuous rooms, dining scenes, below stairs kitchen and jazz age costumes to die for, the screen is filled with glamour and vintage charm which the British excel in. Ably directed by Michael Engler and scripted by the sure hand of Julian Fellowes.
The cast are assured in their roles with the great Dame Maggie Smith getting some of the best lines, as she attempts a full curtsy for the Royal guests and other ready put downs. Maggie is quoted as saying before Downton Abbey she was hardly ever recognised, but now is known where ever she goes.
If you loved the TV series, you will adore the big screen adaptation. If this is your first Downton Abbey experience you are in for a treat too.
Image: Downton Abbey (film still)
Review: Jenny Esots – courtesy of All About Entertainment