Monday, September 23, 2019
Movie Review - Downton Abbey
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.