Monday, September 23, 2019

Movie Review - Downton Abbey

 Downton Abbey - the movie was an "event".  My friend, Linda T, coordinated a group of ladies for movie and luncheon on Sunday. Delightful, splendid, and fun.

The movie was like visiting old friends.  As Time magazine wrote (9/30/19 issue) - It's a featherweight delight, like the prettiest pink-and-white cake on the tea tray."

The familiar music swells. The soaring views of the mansion. Servants running about answering bells, attending to the family, and living their lives. It's 1927 and the King and Queen are on a tour in Yorkshire and intend to stop for one night at Downton Abbey.  Everyone's in a dither. In two hours, we see wee stories of all of our favorite folks as they contend with the royal contingent. And of course, Lady Mary calls upon Carson to come bring his gravitas to the occasion.

Ruffled feathers, sharp quips and retorts from the indomitable Countess (Maggie Smith - to me, acting royalty of the highest sort). Yes, the creator and writer, Julian Fellowes checks off each box as we visit and bask in the time spent with these familiar friends. And our time spent is reassuring. It's a glimpse into the monied class, but also the effect it has on the local economy and town. It's a point of pride to work  at Downton Abbey. It's a huge honor to have the King and Queen visit.

And yet times keep changing - will this way of life continue? 1927 - now 2019...contemplate history, contemplate royalty, contemplate tradition.

and contemplate these cookies below.  Two friends brought these from a neighbor with a side baking company.
Downton Abbey - a show, a movie,  an event to bring folks together.

19 comments:

  1. Those cookies are great. Bet they were also tasty.

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    1. they were tasty. Often really pretty stuff can be flavorless

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  2. Hi Joanne - thanks for reminding me ... I might wander down to the cinema this evening ... as I want to see Downton and Mrs Lowry and son ... so better get both in soon. I gather it's a gentle watch - and I have yet to see any Downton!! The biscuits look good - too much icing for me ... but fun - Cheers Hilary

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  3. Saw the TV series , I wonder if the film is different. Pleased you enjoyed it.

    Yvonne.

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    1. it continues the story from 1927. Quite pleasant.

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  4. I can't wait to see this. I loved the series and am looking forward to revisiting the characters. What a fun day your friend arranged

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  5. Always good when it can hold up to what came before.

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  6. This film moved smoothly from one media to another. Oh my. It was awesome.
    Behind our row were about 20 older women decked out in time spanning clothing, and esp. those hats. the theater now serves shepherd's pie, strawberry trifle, and Violet's special cocktail.

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    1. glad you enjoyed it too. I think lots of lady friends are having gatherings. I could see it again!

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  7. I'd love to join you and your friends group for an eventful event like this. Glad you had a great time. Sounds like a 'must see.'

    Happy Spring, Joanne.

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    1. I'm sorry we did not extend you an invite. We have fun!

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  8. I so wish I had gotten into this show but we never watched it. I'm hearing so many great things about the movie.

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  9. I'm one of the few people who never saw the show on TV, so I don't have any great urge to see the movie, either. Can't miss what I never saw, right? :)

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    1. oh, never too late to watch, binge, and see it. Really, really good. Have I ever steered you wrong?

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