Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Wednesday Whatever - Downton Style

Downton Abbey movie 2019 had a royal visit, a gay butler's secret, and a maid/illegitimate daughter of a cousin inheriting an estate. All presented lavishly. 

Now Downton Abbey: A  New Era is another dessert whipped up by creator Julian Fellowes. It hits all the marks - costumes, posh dinners,  castles and grounds, and some  quips from the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie  Smith).  We get to visit with all of our old "friends" and just  hearing the lovely tones of Carson (Jim Carter) - our favorite bristling old butler - makes one happy. 

In this film, we split time between England and the French Riviera. The countess inherited a villa from an old flame. Questions about her past and fretful moments for Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) ensue. Meanwhile, Downton has been invaded by a film  crew. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) puts up with the fuss (and a charming director) because money is needed for a new roof.  

All in all, if you are a Downton fan, just  sit back  and  enjoy. You'll laugh, you'll sniffle, and like my matinee (11 am) audience of mostly senior ladies, you will applaud at the end. 

Then carry on...if you are lucky, a friend in the group invites you back for a lovely luncheon. 

P.S. It's awesome being retired and out to the movies  on a Friday.  Cheers!


  1. Hi Joanne - thanks for this ... I'm seeing it at the weekend - looking forward to it ... thank goodness our local friendly avant-garde cinema in the art gallery is back showing interesting films. Cheers Hilary

    1. Glad for your sake too. I think you'll enjoy the film - nothing crazy, just watching our old "friends" again. Have a super weekend ahead

  2. Definitely a fan of DA and Maggie Smith! Will be watching when able...thanks.
    Off topic, been thinking of you and other friends in TX and super glad to see your post right now!!

    1. thanks. I had this post lined up before the TX sadness, but there's just not much to say that hasn't been said. I am not a gun advocate, but TX is and won't change. They don't put money toward helping mental illness. So many factors. Big sad sigh.