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Original post made on Sep 23, 2019

Four years after its television finale, "Downton Abbey" returns to the big screen for a reunion movie that will likely delight fans.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:15 PM

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Posted by Edward
a resident of Bailey Park
on Sep 23, 2019 at 6:55 am

Spoken like a true, brash and uncultured American colonist who doesn't know their place or their history...


Posted by Agreed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Great review. I couldn't even see the appeal of the TV series. I wouldn't have minded the set-up (like a warmed-over version of several British TV series on PBS set in around the same era, or past movies like "The Shooting Party," or all those Merchant-Ivory movies popular in the 1990s, so full of grand estates and garden parties that one critic dubbed them "England by Ralph Lauren") if the writing had been fresh and interesting. It seemed instead to be about unpleasant people treating each other badly, all playing out predictably.

Maybe the series' appeal was to younger viewers to whom so much of this wasn't already so trite. If so, they'd probably like earlier shows better -- they were better-written.

It's even less original than the reviewer mentioned -- no need to refer even to the Dick Van Dyke Show. The entertaining original "Upstairs, Downstairs" TV series, a model for this genre, had a climactic episode where The King comes to dinner, everything has to be perfect, and existing dramas among the characters are exacerbated. Let's hope British drama can invent some new ideas soon.


Posted by downton down, Brits UP
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm

> Let's hope British drama can invent some new ideas soon.

Huh? Ever heard of Britbox Acorn or the BBC, even the Brit stuff on Netflix and Amazon? Some absolutely great programming. Golly, just go read the list of last weekend's emmy noms and winners.

Over the last year or two: Killing Eve. A Very Brit Scandal. Miniaturist. Crown. Victoria. And for guilty pleasures - Peaky.

Anyone who had expectations for DA as anything more than a reunion tour was expecting too much anyway.


Posted by The new Murder she wrote
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

It's not the same genre, but the demographic is a mirror image.
My mom loves it.


Posted by Edward
a resident of Bailey Park
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm

I doubt sincerely the film was made to please the likes of The Voice journalists or readers. Thankfully.


Posted by The new Murder she wrote
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm

No, more for shut-ins with false superiority issues, IMO.


Posted by The new Murder she wrote
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:57 pm

...and CERTAINLY not made for the likes of the riff-raff that you might find actually COMMENTING on said paper ;)


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