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 the Royal staff descend on Downton an assassin has also arrived and attempts to kill the monarch. The family and servants are pitted against the royal entourage, including the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting who has fallen out with the Crawleys, especially the Dowager Countess, over an inheritance issue.
From the outside this is a pretty dull film with stilted, wooden acting and poor script. The storyline is full of holes and many of the plots make very little sense. For anyone that hasn’t seen the TV series it will probably be one of the worst films they’ve seen. However, if you are a fan of the TV series it will be a welcome return to the world of the Crawley family and the long gone age of British aristocracy. My description above stands but this is a kind of comfort food for the eyes with a surprising number of scenes of Edith in her underwear!
A TodayFM review described it as a full series that the writers weren’t able to air crammed into a two hour film. I think that’s a fair description.
My recommendation would be to wait until it comes to TV unless you have a particular desire to go to the cinema anyway and want something easy to watch.
My Rating: 🌟 🌟 (as a film) but 🌟 🌟 🌟 for giving us a chance to see the show one more time.