“Downton Abbey: A New Era”
124 minutes | PG rating
While I am aware of the long-running British series Downton Abbey, this film is the first time I have watched any episodes or films of the series, so I may be missing out on the viewing experience a bit. This movie. This movie is the sequel to the 2019 Downton Abbey movie. So it would be like if someone started their introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Endgame.
The film begins with the wedding of Tom and Lucy. After the wedding, we learn that Maggie Smith’s character Violet is leaving her French villa to her granddaughter Sibby. This came as a shock to the family as they were completely unaware that she had a villa in France. It seems that in her younger years, Violetta was in France and met the Marquis. The two were in a relationship. She returned to England and he later married. After his death many years later, she received a letter saying that he had left her the villa, but dismissed it as some sort of joke.
The new marquis invited the family to visit the villa, and although Violet is unable to travel, the family graciously accepts the invitation. Meanwhile, Downton was asked by the film crew to direct her silent film The Gambler. At first Lord Grantham opposes. Lady Mary convinces him to agree by informing him of the condition of the leaking roof and that money from the film crew can pay for the necessary repairs. Luckily, most of the filming will take place while he is in France.
Many of the servants are in love with the stars of the film and fascinated by the filming process. This leads to much of the film’s humor as the servants become more and more involved in the film’s production.
In France, the family learns more about the relationship between Violet and the Marquis. Robert begins to wonder if the Marquis is really his father.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is beautifully filmed and masterfully acted. Subtle British humor is permeated throughout the story. Although I wasn’t familiar with all the characters and their relationships, the story was still quite interesting. Those who are familiar with the series will surely enjoy this film. Although the film features the death of the protagonist, the family takes it well, with a bit of humor, and the film ends on a positive note as the family looks to the future.
Downton Abbey: A New Era received a PG rating for lewd content and bland language. It is suitable for most viewers. I rate Downton Abbey: New Era four out of five old photos.