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Downton Abbey (2019)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by SamT, May 21, 2019.

  1. Wayne_j

    Wayne_j Cinematographer

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    The week early fan event was all over the place.
     
  2. Mike Frezon

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    Peg and I went to see this tonight.

    We were big fans of the series and even binge-watched all six seasons again in anticipation of this film.

    This pretty much summed up our feelings. Everything that made the series compelling was left on the sidelines for this effort. The intimacy with the characters (both upstairs and downstairs) at Downton were ignored during all the machination of the plot involving the royal visit. There was really no plotline involving the impact of the visit on the characters. It was all rather by-the-numbers and boring. It seemed to have the feel of a very predictable sit-com plot. So many of the characters were reduced to roles that nearly amounted to cameos (John Bates was the most surprising of all). But even characters like Lord & Lady Grantham were reduced to mere tools to keep the story moving. And the story involving Barrows was embarrassingly poorly conceived and written.

    For us, a HUGE disappointment. I guess I likely won't have to worry about whether to file a copy of the film in the movie section of my collection or next to the TV series.
     
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    We are both fans of the series and saw the movie on Thursday. It was great entertainment and looked superb on the big screen.
    We look forward to seeing it again on Blu.
     
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    Mike Frezon's post now makes me wonder if this feature film version of "Downton Abbey" could possibly be in service to a bridge and primer for a hopeful 7th season; therefore all that's been cited as unaddressed could be further fleshed out.
    Looking forward to seeing this theatrically.
     
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    Wife and I went yesterday. We LOVED the film. Also binge watched in anticipation. We, on the other hand, were not disappointed. I was also surprised at the lack of John Bates, but I guess you can only do so much in two hours. I would have loved to see a couple of scenes with Spratt, though.

    Well, everybody is different in their opinions. I'm guessing that the disc will sell briskly.
     
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    Malcolm R Executive Producer

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    I doubt there will be another full season, but I'm sure they'd consider another movie.
     
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    This post concerned me the most as both my wife and I loved the series. We were also looking forward to seeing it.

    Thankfully we LOVED it. I felt the opposite Mike as I feel all the characters beats and emotions of the series was retained for this wonderful film.
     
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    Maggie Smith is very funny in this movie! The whole film is entertaining and well made, and had some interesting plot points. My whole family of Downton fans liked it, and I rate it a "B+""
     
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    I read somewhere that the production budget was about $12 million, which means this has been a big hit relative to costs....

    Downton Abbey
    Domestic Total as of Sep. 27, 2019: $48,389,850 (Estimate)
    Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: September 20, 2019
    Genre: Drama Runtime: 2 hrs. 2 min.
    MPAA Rating: PG Production Budget:
    Total Lifetime Grosses
    Domestic: $48,389,850 54.0%
    + Foreign: $41,200,000 46.0%
    = Worldwide: $89,589,850
     
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    I've seen anywhere from 12-20 million for the budget.

    But still, it'll likely hit 100 million by next weekend, so it's a runaway success no matter what.
     
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