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I Saw Downton Abbey And I Need To Be Held

I Saw Downton Abbey And I Need To Be Held

Mild Downton Abbey movie spoilers ahead, but it’s not like you wouldn’t go see the movie anyway.

Well, I’m an emotional wreck, anyone else? Last night I saw Downton Abbey, the film, and hooboy. While I was absolutely delighted to return to the sparkling, easily digestible plot line world of the Crawleys, I was ill prepared for all of the following: the societal themes in contrast with the current social climate, the sheer amount bitchy sass, and the entire franchise essentially preparing itself for Maggie Smith to die before they can film a sequel.

SOMEONE HUG ME. It was a lot to pack into one film, it could have easily been double the run time and I wouldn’t have batted a waterproof mascaraed eyelash. The fact that that the team had so much to include, so many beloved characters and themes to acknowledge, was a gargantuan task and I could tell they were trying to be as fair as possible. But the sheer volume of cast members and nostalgic show moments to harken back to resulted in not everyone getting the same amount of love. Bates and Cora barely had speaking lines, for example, while Tom, Barrow, and Mary had plenty going on. It was an overwhelming task, I’m sure, and if there’s one thing you need to know about this movie it’s that they did an outstanding job, and you should go see it.

If the film had a flaw, it was simply a lack of Matthew Goode. He didn’t show up until the very end and if that isn’t criminal I don’t know what is. We need more Goode in this world, not less, and while I suppose it makes sense in that he wasn’t a part of the series until the end, either, he’s still our eye candy, give it to us.

Despite the lack of Goode, if you loved this show, you will be obsessed with this film. I highly suggest going to see it this weekend in a packed theater full of absolutely rabid fans, I did and I can say it really added to the overall experience.

Bonus, on the topic of Downton Abbey, I’ve just completed my first contribution to Cherry Picks! I love writing about movies and television and these wonderful women let me do that on the internet.

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