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|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 122 min.|
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1927: Excitement at Downton Abbey. None other to the royal couple has announced his visit. For the Crawleys, this event is not just good news. Because such a royal visit brings a lot of hustle and bustle and preparations with it. Especially since there is also bad blood between Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) and Maud Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton ), a close confidant of the queen. You'd be in trouble if you didn't. There's also a lot of air in the service personnel. First, the new chief butler Barrow (Robert James-Collier) has to hand over his position to his predecessor Carson (Jim Carter), who has actually retired. And then there is the news that the royal staff will regulate all processes. But since the Downton Abbey staff don't want to be pushed to the sidelines so easily, the big event threatens to become a disaster soon…
With "Downton Abbey" the acclaimed screenwriter Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park", "Young Victoria") has created one of the most successful and qualitatively best British TV series of recent years. Even though the stories of the Crawley noble family and their servants at the Downton Abbey estate were brought to a very nice and round end with the sixth season in 2016, the desire to return to the Crawleys in the form of a cinema film quickly arose not only from the fans but also from all those involved. Such rumours are repeated in many popular TV series. But only rarely does it actually become reality. And even if it is, the result is often rather disappointing.
Fans of "Downton Abbey" can be reassured: The cinema version offers exactly what you loved so much about the series. Admittedly, from a dramaturgical point of view, this new story would not really have been needed. There are some new developments for individual characters, but they don't come close to the perfect ending of the Christmas special of the sixth season. What makes the movie so worth seeing for fans, though, is the fact that it just feels good. The very beginning, which in a wonderful sequence puts the audience a little under torture before the wonderful title theme gives you goose bumps, covers the audience like a warm blanket. It's easy to get back to Downton Abbey already.
The film did have a little flaw: It was tried to pack too much into the two hours running time to really make every fan happy. So the whole thing seems a bit overloaded and rushed at times, which doesn't fit the style of the series at all. But in the end the result is more than satisfactory. There is much to laugh about - especially about the once again wonderfully dry sayings of Lady Violet -, there is a little romance, some drama and at the end even some tears may roll. In addition, there are a few beautiful shots that look really good, especially on the big screen. Yes, this is what the cinema version of a TV series must look like!
"Downton Abbey" is a nice gift to all fans of the TV series. Dramaturgically somewhat overloaded, but otherwise simply beautiful, extremely entertaining and also moving. If this is really the end of it, this is the second perfect finale of a great TV series and therefore also: Absolutely worth seeing!
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