During our last visit to the aristocratic Crawley clan and their busy household below stairs in the 2019, a royal visit made more of a stir than a briskly foiled assassination attempt, but the gay butler's secret was limited to the harsh glare of exposure, and a headstrong cousin burst into feathers just in time for a whisper of friendship with another upgraded servant who shook the toffs way back. Heavens!
Despite the promise of sweeping changes in its title, Downton Abbey: A New Era will be very much of the same, which will be a relief for devotees of the long-running PBS project.
Cast: Friday, May 20: Jim Carter,,, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Hugh Dancy, and Dominic West Director: Screenwriter Julian Fellowes
The pleasures remain intact the gowns, the hats, the posh dinners, the sparkling repartee. Perhaps the latter not much, since the screenplay appears like Fellowes was knocked off during tea sessions on his latest frock opera,. Even the acerbic bons mots delivered with crisp aplomb, the man who made even Helen Mirren dull seldom rises above serviceable.
Despite the fact that the possibility to renew acquaintances with the diverse cast of beloved characters will be enough for many, if the worldwide box office of $194 million for the previous film is any indication. In wedding photographs at the Christmas village nuptials of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton), the former help described earlier.
Violet's inheritance of a French Riviera villa has been determined by an old flame, according to the recently deceased Marquis de Montmiral, with whom she spent a rocky week there six decades ago. However, the Dowager Countess fears the property would be denied because to her granddaughter Sybbie, the son of Tom's late first wife, Sybil.
Violet is unable to travel, but her son Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and a group of friends, including retired butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), are coming to France to discuss Violet's past, Robert's parentage, and his authority, Lord Grantham. It's all kind of concern, but not from Robert's wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), who maintains a beatific smile even while worrying about her own health scare. Gracious!
When a filmmaker from The British Lion Company arrives to produce a feature called The Gambler, everyone's appropriately consternated! The Practical and Professional Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is the reason that the location fee will pay for roof repairs.
Silent films are on the way out, a shift that neither the director, Jack Barber (Hugh Dancy, with bleak ballet-dancer hair), nor the studio appears to have anticipated before the project. Lady Mary requires immediate action from Mr. Molesley, a former schoolmaster, and a mad-keen filmmaker. Hurrah!
Fellowes borrows from himself in Gosford Park by combining film professionals with elite-crust locals to observe the class divide and then remove it as masters and servants blend in to overcome obstacles. In addition, she draws on the experience of Singin' in the Rain, with a glamorous blonde lady, Myrna Dalgleish (Laura Haddock), who is quite adamant in her dark work-class attitude, which may be beneficial when he takes a shine to Barrow'
Curtis and editor Adam Recht dwindle from Yorkshire to France with a shady lack of grace, often accompanied by a spooky burst of John Lunn's beautifully orchestral score and a roaring smile. Or by somber notes and a character deep in furrowed-brow concern. It's all a bit mechanical, and soapier than ever, especially since few problems are encountered in a script that diligently ties everything in neat bows.
Real pathos in the final scenes are slathered in a sweet self-parody. "I suppose individual Crawleys come and go, but the family lives on," Lady Mary. It appears to me that a Downton Abbey threequel will depend on how much the over-qualified cast is able to continue returning to roles that have now become animated props. However, is any cash cow ever truly put out to pasture? Unimaginable!