Several years ago (January 29, 2015) I shared some thoughts about the Downton Abbey TV series. Then I suggested that in addition to the six seasons of entertaining plot set in Edwardian and Georgina times, one of its attraction was an experience of nostalgia – a sentimental longing for and reassurance of past times.
If that was true of the series, the film sequel added to this experience by the pleasure of seeing familiar faces, places and dilemmas once again. For Abbey fans it is a gift.
The plot centres around the visit to Downton of King George and Queen Mary with their travelling retinue. As upstairs and downstairs prepare for the reception and entertainment of their royal guests, Downton reminds of old times. But as each member of the household is true to character and task, there is something added in the film.