Sunday, September 22, 2019

Downton Abbey

We saw the movie today and what a terrific two hours of escapism. It was lavish, funny, sad in parts and gay in both old and new senses of the word. It is two hours long and I am usually reluctant to see a movie of that length, but the time flew past. It has been said that the plot is thin but wasn't it always in the tv show. A royal visit to Downton Abbey and what was involved is a plot good enough for me.

I thought gay men could be be bitchy with lines to cut others to pieces but by gosh, Dowager Countess of Grantham and Lady Merton have everything over them, even better than bitchy comments between a gay male couple who have been together for forty years!

As I said to R when we recently in the UK, there are so many handsome men here.

Robert James-Collier played Thomas Barrow.


 Allen Leech as Tom Branson.


I can admire attractive woman and Lady Crawley, Michelle Dockery, looked rather gorgeous.

22 comments:

  1. Oh I loved it, Andrew. The house up on the big screen looked amazing. The costumes and jewellery were stepped up a notch and everything about it was just perfection.

    I can see another movie if this one does well.

    I read a review that called it the most daring movie of the year because it contained no sex, no violence, and no swearing. Very true!

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    1. Snoskred, trust you to take notice of the jewellery. Lots of sex was alluded to, but none shown. Daring, quite possibly. There is no reason for it not to move to the next generation, or the 30s.

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  2. The Movie is fun, a little predictable, a little surprising, like a nice visit with old friends.

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    1. Very predictable of course Travel. Do you have such old friends such as the Granthams? I rather did like the gay blokes dancing in a warehouse. And I thought my generation invented gay warehouse parties.

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  3. I must get myself moving and go and see it Andrew, I loved the series 💙

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    1. Grace, you will love the movie.

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  4. I loved the film because that is my favourite era in British history. And the camera work and sets were brilliant.

    But one thing was annoying. The downstairs staff did manage to defeat the creeps upstairs, but it had to be secretive and deniable. All strength to the workers!

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    1. Hels, I think. I wonder if there is any kind of truth in that when royals visited a certain country house and the downstairs staff were usurped by the royal staff.

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  5. I've always alluded to DA as "Frocks". The frocks are marvellous. I must see this, don't care about the plot just the experience of being immersed. My aunt worked in one of the great houses but lawdie even though Lord and Lady were kind to her, the help stayed where they belonged in the cellars and the attics and worked themselves to the bone for one afternoon off a week.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, didn't they ever work long hours. Do see it soon. You really will enjoy it.

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  6. I loved the movie. They did a rerun of the whole series on ITV3 every evening which finished the night before the film went on general release. At the cinema I went to we had the option of afternoon tea prior to the film. A great afternoon's entertainment.

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    1. Marie, Not sure I could get through the whole series again, but loved the movie. Pleased to hear you had such a fine time.

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  7. Not a movie or series I have seen. Loved Snoskred's comment about the daringness of it.

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    1. EC, it might be a bit hard if you don't know the characters and their history, but as a stand alone movie, I still think you would enjoy it.

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  8. Anonymous7:10 am

    Loved the film, but there was a bit too much Tom for my liking. I don't find Alan Leech a good actor.

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    1. Anon, if there is any more, then Tom may well be the lead character as the husband of the maid/daughter who inherits.

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  9. I enjoyed the series...but I didn't find any of the men particularly sexy. They all looked a bit sooky to me.

    Give me Idris Elba/"Luther" any day! :)

    I've always liked Martin Shaw (of "The Professionals", "George Gently" and "Judge John Deed" fame).

    And, of course, John Nettles ("Bergerac" and "Midsomer Murders") whom I met when he was a guest of mine for a week in 1986 on Hinchinbrook Island when I managed the resort in the mid-80s. He and his then girlfriend named Sue, who was nurse in London, were holidaying in Australia. I was fortunate to be their hostess for part of their time here. He was a very pleasant, well-mannered, quiet man.

    However, I do look forward to watching the movie if "Downtown Abbey". The series certainly garnered a lot of fans, of which I was one. I've since seen Michelle Dockery in a couple of US series...streaming on Netflix etc. She's had a successful career since the series.

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    1. Ohh, Lee likes them a bit rugged! I like the next three you mention. Nettles doesn't work for me but how cool that you met him and nice to hear he is a good bloke. I do remember liking his voice. You will really enjoy Downton, I am sure.

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  10. I wasn't interested in seeing the series, so probably won't see the movie until it is on TV. Knowing myself the way I do, I'd probably find the house the most interesting part of the show.

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    1. River, oh yes, the house (s?) are stunning. I expect it will be on tv.

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  11. I just loved the movie. I laughed, I cried, and Dame Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, made me smile. She has been one of my favorites all the way through.
    I love Tom Branson. His character certainly developed over the TV Series and now he has come into his own. Would be the first in line to see a sequel with his character in the lead.
    Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow was probably the biggest character to evolve. So evil at the start and yet I cried with happiness for him.
    What a good time we had at the theater!

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    1. Maribeth, wasn't Barrow indeed evil in the early episodes. I can't quite recall how that all changed.

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