‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’: A Warm and Fuzzy Relationship with Unexpected Conspiracy Twists and Transfer of Power

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I watched “Downton Abbey: A New Era” at the local theater this weekend. After parking the car, a short walk to the theater transported me to another life to go to the movies in India. Reminds me of a memory from 1979. All day I was prepared to choose a cool outfit: a sleeveless churidar kameez and a flowing turquoise dupatta to match Mumbai’s sweltering heat. The movie was “My Fair Lady” and I watched it with my medical school classmate at Regal Cinema, an Art deco cinema in Mumbai’s Colaba Causeway. Built by Framji Sidhwa, this is possibly the first air-conditioned theater in India. The round trip from Chembur to Colaba took an hour and a half with the BEST limited 8 bus.

Today was different, I was with my American friend, a retired art history teacher. We both love the Downton Abbey series and enjoyed our discussions about the gilded age. and the fate of aristocratic families in England.

Julian Fellowes and Simon Curtis At a perfect time for the pandemic, we’ll see “Downton Abbey: A New Era” (I. Cast with enough plot twists to fill 2 hours 5 minutes. Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) and (more tanned and slimmer Hugh Bonneville) Lord Grantham’s palace like (Highclere Castle) it was comforting to walk home and beat the “real life blues” for a while.

Thanks to the unexpected legacy of the Dowager Countess, we not only accompanied Ton on a mysterious journey to the French Riviera, but also witnessed the making of a silent film featuring the flamboyant yet realistic Dominic West and the glamorous yet unreal. grumpy Laura Haddock. The butler hall was ecstatic with the exception of the ultra-conservative retired chief Butler Carson!

The backbone of the story is, of course, by far the Dowager Lady Violet Crawley (now 87-year-old Maggie Smith), who ignores the scandal she unleashes but takes a pragmatic approach to the inappropriate. movie people.” Its sharp dialogue delivery and dead humor are bigger than ever. The audience rolled in laughter at his choice of idiom. “I’d rather work in the mines than do something like that… Or eat pebbles.”

As I watched Isabel Crawley (Penelope Wilson) uncover the millions of letters stored in Dower House from an unknown admirer, I wondered why she kept them for so long. He didn’t seem like a sentimental person, but perhaps he was soft under his grumpy exterior. Life works in mysterious ways, especially if you’re as glamorous as “Maggie Smith makes the Dowager” or maybe true love transcends time and logic because I hid all my family’s correspondence. While her second husband is away, Michelle Dockery catches the eye and ear of a genial film director who reminds her of her first husband, as Lady Mary Talbot tries to reinvent herself as the “captain” of the estate.

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It’s good to see the gloom disappearing from Barrow’s (Robert James-Collier) face and life, but the bookworm Mr. Molesley’s reinvention is truly fascinating. I loved the last minutes of the movie. The exchange between mother and son is so touching that it has a universal appeal. Every time Robert Crawley asks his mother if she has let him down, his mother says many times that he did the best he could. To which she answered with unarmed honesty: “I’m not as smart as you, mother.” The Dowager responds with equal candor. “Yes, but you’re kinder.” Lady Violet shows her neutral spirit by bequeathing the lovely French Villa to Tom and Sybil’s daughter and making peace with almost everyone.

The temperature was too high today. During the previews, I had to go out and ask the maintenance crew to lower the temperature of the theater. The luxurious interior of the Regal cinema still did not feel as cold as the memory of that day. There was also no ThumsUp or samosa shared in between, but just like years ago, I still laughed and cried in a theater full of strangers. We applauded too. The members and actors deserve a round of applause. “Downton Abbey: A New Era” may not be as memorable as the musical “My Fair Lady,” but the characters are equally melodramatic, emotional, and endearing. The movie is comfortable. Like a cup of old-fashioned English tea with a plate of scones and cream. But to beat the heat and cool our emotions, we both decided on iced coffee.

Writing with one foot in Huntsville, Alabama, the other in her native India, and with a heart steeped in humanity is a contemplative practice for Monita Soni. He has published hundreds of poems, film reviews, book reviews, and essays, and contributed to assembled literary works. his two books My Light Reflections and Flow from my heart. You can listen to his comments about Sundial Writers Corner WLRH 89.3FM and Princess Theatre.