10 p.m. The theater is empty. My sister and I wait in anticipation. We hear the music first. The subtle strings turn into a swell of instruments, and right then and there, we are goners.
“Downton Abbey” is a 2019 British historical period drama film written by Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of the television series of the same name. “Downton Abbey” opened Sept. 20. So far it has received many positive reviews from critics and is reigning over its first box office weekend raking in $61 million worldwide.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it is set in the fictional estate of Downton Abbey and takes place during the post-Edwardian era. The story follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants. The character's lives are greatly affected by many personal hardships as well as issues concerning class, gender, etc. The residents of Downton Abbey also endure great historical events, ranging from the sinking of the Titanic through the interwar period (roughly around 1912-1926).
The film, set in 1927, depicts an official state visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley family's English country house in the Yorkshire countryside. As one can infer, the Royals descend upon Downton and it is up to everyone above and below to keep the house from falling apart.
For fans of the show, it was nostalgic to be invited back into this world. It's strange to say that one would get caught up in the scandals, reverie and drama of “Downton Abbey," but that is exactly why it draws the audience in. Drama is an addiction; throw in Dame Maggie Smith, costume design and brilliant writing and you've got a winner. Even if you aren't a drama person (trust me, I'm not), “Downton Abbey” has something for everyone.
This film, however, is not a standalone thing. The story picks up where the series left off, so if you have never seen the show, you are at a major disadvantage. The movie is just a two-hour-long episode. Although it was a nostalgic and riveting performance, I am only a little upset that we didn't get an epilogue. However, the fact that there is a movie is enough to overrule the previous statement. “Downton Abbey” is candy for the eyes and ears; it makes every viewer a bit of an anglophile. Like every fan out there, my only wish is for more content. Somehow six seasons and a movie isn't enough. Lack of closure is a bit of a drag.
I've run out of praises for this series/film. For those who haven't seen the show, I implore everyone to give it a chance. It's utterly brilliant in every aspect and deserves the highest of regards in my book.