Downton Abbey: A New Era

Published December 22, 2022

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Film info

  • Title Downton Abbey: A New Era
  • Director Simon Curtis
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 2hrs 5m
  • Genres Romance, Drama
  • Tagline A cinematic return

The much-anticipated cinematic return of Downton Abbey follows the beloved Crawleys and their staff as they attend a wedding, go on a grand journey to the south of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess' newly inherited villa, and welcome a movie crew and glamorous stars to Downton to shoot a new silent film.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:28 I worry that if you start with the wedding, it’s only downhill from here!
9:43 Got to say, that’s the most excruciating set up to a story I’ve ever known.
13:38 Film within a film.
18:12 “Are you writing again? I’m pleased.” So condescending Cora.
22:42 The kids are really growing up, aren’t they? We can definitely keep following this family through the next generation.
28:37 He might be stuffy but I do like how Lord Grantham stands up for his staff.
42:30 Poor Mr Barrow.
57:50 Loving this mystery about Violet and her past. It’ll come to nothing, she’s too proper for that.
1:02:57 “Because she granted the ultimate favour.” Dude.
1:09:27 She talks about Matthew very calmly, it broke a whole nation!
1:14:38 “We’re not sad people.”
1:23:25 “I’d never have got anywhere if I were as rotten a liar as you.”
1:26:11 I always think how fascinating it is that a whole other world is just behind a door.
1:37:24 I knew it!
1:39:30 Slightly in love with Dominic West now, which I didn’t see coming.
1:49:18 Of course it’s Carson who gets to talk over such a moment.
1:51:32 “Stop that noise, I can’t hear myself die.”


I think I liked this more than the previous one, although it’s all still more of the same - these stuffy British characters trying to hold their own in an era of servants and class that is quickly dying out. But I did like the mystery of the Countess, and I thought the silent film turning into a ’talkie’ and that being a threat to the stars was really interesting. A good couple of hours, I hope they do more!

Rating: 4 / 5

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