Reviewed by: Arthur Panganiban

Arthur's Score:
8.25

Plot/Story

7

Characters

8

Acting

9

Cinematography

8

Production Design

10

Soundtrack

8

Execution

9

Emotional Impact

7


Review:

The plot revolves around a much anticipated royal visit and stay over to the estate of Downton Abbey, arguably an historic moment of the Crawleys and their staff. Everyone is faced with a challenge, and a question that they have to face and answer. The attention to detail of the production design is outstanding. I’m somewhat convinced in my head that the English and Japanese are related with their level of OCD, manners, orderliness, and honor to name a few. I love seeing every detail of the items in the store, pubs, rooms, kitchen, and clothes. I kept looking at those copper pots and kept thinking of the constant maintenance that must be done to keep their luster and use. It’s just a wonderful break from CGI. The dialog is very polished but full of entertaining witty banter which doesn’t get old because they are spaced and timed perfectly. The cast’s performance are excellent as a whole and none of them takes themselves too seriously which is exactly how it should be. Maggie Smith delivers as always, but here it’s with her great one liners. I was drawn to Allen Leech’s character the most for some reason. To make a movie you can enjoy without having to know everyone’s back story for 6 seasons is a home run for me. All in all, I really enjoyed this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it. This is from someone who’s never seen a single episode of Downton Abbey. Thumbs up!