downton abbey: the movie

Rating: 3/5 (Some spoilers, but you can probably guess the movie’s plot anyways.)

(Disclaimer: My review of this movie is solely based on this movie, and the points I make might not be completely congruent with the Downtown Abbey series, which is because I’ve never watched the series before.)

Yesterday, I walked into the movie theater with my friend, holding a big popcorn and a big diet coke. Neither of us had seen the series before. Nonetheless, I found it enjoyable and I was pretty much able to follow along without getting too confused (though I did mix up a couple rich white people a few times).

Downtown Abbey, the movie, tells the story of Downtown Abbey, the place, when the King and Queen decides to rest there for a day. There isn’t much conflict in the movie, as it mostly remained very light-hearted, up until a certain scene in one of the subplots.

I mostly enjoyed the movie, especially Maggie Smith’s golden one-lines, and when Imelda Staunton appeared on screen alongside Maggie Smith, I nearly screamed. Simply iconic.

a. queen.

On the subject of character, Maggie Smith (I forgot the character’s name) was the only developed character in my mind. Even Imelda Staunton’s character doesn’t seem as three-dimensional as Maggie Smith’s. I understand that it quite possibly is because that the movie relied on its original audience to have already known the characters, but I still wanted to see character in the characters.

Several things annoyed me, and perhaps again, it’s because I haven’t watched the series before, but here they are in order of least to most annoyance caused anyway:

  1. When the Irish Republican kissed Mary or whatever. They’ve known each other for literally a day. ONE DAY.
  2. Constant shots of Downtown Abbey accompanied with beautiful, orchestra music.
  3. When Daisy was happy when Andy destroyed the pipes out of jealousy.
  4. How did the maid know that the royal seamstress had been stealing things?
  5. How did Maggie Smith’s friend learn that Mary was Imelda Staunton’s daughter?
  6. When the story line of the Butler (unfortunately I forgot his name) was glossed over in comparison with the other subplots.
  7. When the brunette granddaughter of Maggie Smith complained to her maid about her problems, including the roof leaking, which, combined with number two, only added to the portrayal of extensive wealthiness, which, in itself isn’t a problem, but when compared to the trials of the closeted gay people who were held up in the police station, only helps gloss over the terrible reality of other oppressed groups.

Despite my many complaints, I still laughed throughout most of the movie, because the facial expressions of certain characters (Maggie Smith & the servants) were gold.

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