The long-awaited Downton Abbey film is finally here! Nearly four years after the season finale, we are welcomed back to Downton. As someone who binge-watched the entire six seasons over the summer – the storyline was fresh in my mind and I couldn’t wait for the film’s release. The Downton Abbey film offers a satisfying ending – even though you want more!
I was invited as media to review the film. All opinions are my own.
Downton Abbey Film Review
The film revolves around the official visit of the King and Queen to Downton for one night. There’s much to do for everyone to prepare for this special occasion. Lady Edith (Hexham) and her family return, along with all the beloved primary characters from the final season.
New characters are introduced in the Downton Abbey film including the royal family and Lord Grantham’s cousin, Lady Bagshaw, which happens to be the Queen’s lady-in-waiting. She’s not thrilled to join them at Downton Abbey as she reveals there is bad blood between the families. The Crawley’s do their best to convince the Countess of Grantham to set hard feeling aside and welcome Lady Bagshaw, but a showdown unfolds non-the-less in true Countess style.
Violet and cousin Isobel continue their comedic sparring and keep you laughing throughout the film. The duo team up to corner Lady Bagshaw for answers, where an interesting part of the story unfolds.
Meanwhile, the staff has a conundrum of their own when most of them are pushed aside as the royal staff arrive and take over Downton. The picture below is a pivotal moment when they decide enough is enough and take action.
Irish chauffeur-turned-aristocrat Tom Branson also has a distressing encounter that leaves him….well, I’d rather keep that to myself and not spoil it for anyone. But I will say a new love interest ensues.
As the family says goodbye to the royals, Lady Mary (Talbot) has a sweet moment with granny about their many similar characteristics. But the fun’s not over yet. Downton Abbey ends with a ball and a few moments that leave you satisfied, yet wanting more.
I truly loved the Downton Abbey film and can not wait to watch it again. It’s stunning, comedic, and everything I expected it to be.
See Downton Abbey in theaters beginning September 20th