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Downton Abbey movie

My friend Gisela and I often go to the movies on Sunday nights (which makes the weekend feel much longer), and this time, we saw the Downton Abbey movie. Have you seen it?

Downton Abbey movie

I devoured the dramatic, soap-opera show years ago, so I was excited to see the movie. To be honest, it essentially felt like a two-hour episode, where nothing really happened, but I still enjoyed being back with the characters again. (And I loved all the silk skirts.)

This Saturday Night Live trailer parody made me laugh out loud. (“It’s mostly about cleaning.”)

Downton Abbey

What movies have you seen lately? I’ve heard great things about Hustlers and Marriage Story, and the Ford v Ferrari poster is pitch perfect.

P.S. Seeing movies alone, and 9 couples with the best on-screen chemistry.

(Bottom photo from Focus Features.)

  1. Lucy says...

    Little Monsters! It starts out slow with one ne’er do well hipster guy constantly fighting with his gf, and just when u think this is going to be some torturous romcom, it segues into his relationship with his little nephew and then, inexplicably, zombies turn up! And Lupita N’yongo! And Josh Gad! And a whole bunch of sweet kindergarteners with cute Aussie accents – – it’s an Australian production and as such lampoons Americans gently every chance e it gets – – but it’s pretty charming overall.

    Next most recent was My Soul To Keep (terrible and full of bratty kids I was frankly rooting for the monster to get) and Stuber, which had to be objectively the WORST movie of the summer and two hours of my life I’ll never get back. It was completely nonsensical and full of grating, dumb and super unsympathetic and unnecessarily violent characters. Gah!

  2. Ib says...

    Stuber! mediocre reviews but the most political.movie.ever.

  3. Martha Patterson says...

    Linda Rondstandt; The Sound of My Voice…..inspiring documentary…She is soooo talented!

  4. Janie says...

    Peanut Button Falcon. Hands down best movie this year. Second to Toy Story 4, of course.

  5. Mallory says...

    I recently watched Sunshine Cleaning for the first time on HBO. It’s an older film but I seriously loved it. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are so great.

  6. Laurel says...

    I saw The Goldfinch last week. I loved the book and despite the sub par reviews, I loved the film as well. I bawled like a baby at the end, ha! Definitely worth seeing and reading the book!

    Also super keen to see Hustlers!

    • stephanie says...

      Totally agree about the Goldfinch movie. The critics were so wrong on this one.

  7. We basically never go to the movies (parents of a 3-year-old!) but I am tempted to go to the cheap theater down the street by myself on a weeknight to see Hustlers!!

    On the streaming end, I watched Late Night the other day (free on Prime) and LOVED it…I mean, Mindy Kaling + Emma Thompson is a pretty great equation!

    And for all you FLEABAG fans, I’ve been thinking about a random movie we watched a few years ago, and I’ve been wanting to rewatch it. It’s called Pride and is about a group of gay Londoners in the 80s who go help a group of striking coal miners in Wales. An unlikely friendship type of story…with ANDREW SCOTT! Just saying. :D It really was heartwarming, but since watching Fleabag I’ve been wanting to watch it again!

    • Sasha L says...

      We loved Pride, such a great movie. Should watch it again soon!

    • Rachel says...

      Pride! Yes! <3 I watched it by chance a while back because I live in Wales and was looking for a Welsh movie to watch. It is so incredibly moving.

  8. Sarah says...

    I loved the Downton Abby movie. It was just like a really long episode but that was fine by me! I would hate for it to stray too much from the style and feel of the original show.

  9. Marta says...

    My husband and I used to go on Sundays to the movies and it was great, yes the weekend felt longer and it was a good way to forget for a lite bit about the stressful work week that was coming… Now that we have a toddler we basically never go! :/

  10. kash says...

    oh, hustlers was a BLAST. I really enjoyed myself watching it. Can’t recommend highly enough–maybe especially to see in a theatre with a group of pals? That’s what i did and it was a great time.

    On the streaming side of things, I recently watched Juanita (a Netflix original) and thought it was funny, tender, and sexy.

  11. Julie says...

    I’m in full-on horror movie mode. I prefer to watch them when my husband is out of town for maximum adrenaline (horror is my anti-drug).

    So far: The Changeling, Crawl, The Witch in the Window, Bliss (that movie is NUTS), In the Tall Grass, and…Spider-Man: Far From Home. That one is less horror, more “Boy, Jake Gyllenhaal is handsome.”

  12. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood was one of the best films I’ve seen and also saw a great nature doc called Aquarela, which you must see in the theater if possible for the audio alone!

    briana

  13. Morgan says...

    Off topic – would love a what are you reading fall edition! I’ve recently read CoJ recs The Great Believers (the characters have stayed with me), Normal People (not my favorite), When You Read This (novel concept, pun intended), and Good Talk (excellent) and need some new fiction written by amazing women.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! we are working on a post. should be up next week!

  14. penelope says...

    thor ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers Endgame, CAN YOU TELL I WATCHED THESE W MY FAMILY, i.e. young kids into superheros??

  15. Katey says...

    I’ve seen two movies recently. “Maiden” is a triumphant story. It’s a documentary about a young woman determined to participate in the round-the-globe sailing race, the name of which escapes me. She then puts together an all-female team and overcomes a lot. It is great.

    Then I saw “Ad Astra” and I love outer space movies. And I bet if there hadn’t been voice over I would have loved it. Alas, the voice over ruined it for me. It was really unnecessary. For example, imagine a copilot in a spaceship getting some alarming news, then he hesitates, the music is ominous, close-up on the copilot who swallows hard and averts his eyes when asked “are you ready?” You don’t need Brad Pitt to explain “He’s afraid.” WE KNOW!!! His acting, the direction, and the editing told us he’s afraid.

    Anyway, Maiden was great.

    • Never heard of it till I saw a few people mention it here…watched the trailer and now I MUST SEE IT! That is the type of film I love. :D

  16. Illana says...

    I recommend Hustlers. It surprised me. It actually made me think differently about the objectified-female marketing that we are all conditioned by. That conditioning will always upset me, but I had never thought about how some current female celebrities might be using that system to beat the conditioning at its own game. If for example Jennifer Lopez is bound to be objectified in real life, why shouldn’t she choose exactly how sexy to make her videos, so that it’s in her control? The stripper characters in the movie made me really think about all that. I thought the acting was very good and that the way the story is told allows some real insight.

  17. Alex says...

    I took my self to Downton last week as a special treat. I very rarely go to the movies anymore, although I went often when I was younger. It’s a combination of having a youngish child and the fact that there are so few movies in theaters these days that I’m interested in. I gave up on Downton when Matthew died, but decided to give the movie a chance and am so glad I did. It was such a nice escape and now I’ve started re-watching the series. Hope the make another Downton film!

  18. Maryann says...

    I thought that SNL skit was spot on. The most exciting part was Lady Edith’s undergarments.

  19. I saw a ton of movies this summer (including Downton Abbey) and my favorites were The Farewell, Blinded By The Light and #1 was….Dora and The Lost City of Gold. Really! My 18 year old daughter didn’t even want to see it because she was afraid they would ruin Dora – and I agree, it could have gone horribly wrong – but the movie was GENIUS!

    • Leanne says...

      I loved Dora. It was so charming and fun and made fun of the ridiculousness of the cartoon. Definitely a fun watch with the kids.

  20. Heather D says...

    Downton was my first movie in almost a year! I loved it even though nothing really happened. But I LOVED the cringey scene with Mr. Mosely talking at the formal dinner.

  21. Susannah says...

    It’s interesting, but after the birth of our daughter my husband and I don’t go to see a specific movie any more, it’s more like we slip in a movie whenever we get the chance (did the concert end early the night we got a sitter? let’s hit the movies!). Though I LOVE them (and historically would always go by myself in those gloriously long and quiet afternoons when I lived in NYC) I guess movies aren’t enough of a priority for us to get specific childcare for them. This fly-by-night scheduling means we almost never see THE movie of the minute or, really, the movie I might want to see but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by how it shuffles out. Thor: Ragnarok? SHOCKINGLY GOOD. Green Book? SHOCKED that I actually saw the Oscar winner for best picture (and honestly shocked that it won). Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? SHOCKED that it was basically 3 hours of Brad Pitt eye candy and DOUBLE SHOCKED that I was here for that.

  22. deborah saul says...

    I saw Judy last night Renée Zellweger was amazing!

    • Illana says...

      Can hardly wait to see this

  23. Olivia says...

    Um, am I alone in wanting an in-depth analysis of Gisela’s style? Let’s have her in a Week of Outfits soonest, please…

  24. Kelly says...

    I’m on maternity leave and our local theater does an 11am baby friendly movie showing every Friday. I just got to see Downton because of this. I liked it, but, to be honest, my standards are not that high given I was just excited to be out of the house. :) If you don’t have that in your city, I recommend pitching the idea to your theater! Basically, you can bring babies with you and they don’t keep the sound as loud and the lights are dim, not completely off. Women are breastfeeding in the seats, men are bouncing babies to sleep, all while eating popcorn and getting the full theater experience. And no one blinked an eye when my daughter made a loud poop during a particularly poignant, and silent, scene.

    • Amy says...

      Kelly! This would be amazing!!
      They do this for sensory kids here….but it’s obviously all children’s movies. Love this idea!

  25. Sarah says...

    I saw the Downton Abbey movie, twice. I hadn’t even seen one episode of the show but I was enamored with the sounds, the music, and the cast.

    I’m mostly through season 2 now. :)

  26. Rosalie Barlow says...

    I went to see Downton Abbey by myself a couple of weeks ago and felt pretty much the same as you did. I loved the series and if I had time I would have watched it again before seeing the movie but the movie brought everything back naturally.

  27. Sonia says...

    I’ve pretty much stopped going to see movies in recent years. Seems like nothing but super heroes and biopics. Awesome tv series’ are where it’s at! So excited to see season five of Peaky Blinders on Netflix!

  28. Amy says...

    I loved Downton. Saw it twice. And by myself both times!

  29. Lise says...

    JOKER!!
    Phoenix gives the performance of a lifetime! Go see it, even if you don’t like comics.

    • tina crisas says...

      Yes!!! I saw this last week and I was FLOORED by his performance. I’m not a fan of comics so I liked the fact that it didn’t resemble that type of movie. The soundtrack was awesome also!

  30. Nigerian Girl says...

    I recently saw Hustlers and I really enjoyed it. It’s clever and nuanced on female friendship. Highly recommended.

  31. Stephanie says...

    Loved Downton! It was like coming home or a warm blanket.

    I’ve visited Highclere Castle since the series ended so it was fun to see it on the big screen!

  32. Cari says...

    Maiden is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time! Beautiful documentary about women sailing. So inspirational…I cried the entire time.

    • Katey says...

      Me too! Triumphant. I LOVED it.

  33. Annie says...

    Peanut Butter Falcon is in theaters and is pure joy!!

    • Sarah Roman says...

      YES! I loved this movie so much. All of the characters were so perfect for their parts. I would high recommend this heart warming gem.

  34. Elliesee says...

    I can’t wait to see the Goldfinch. I had a cast in my head!

  35. Lori says...

    My husband and I went to see “Britanny Runs a Marathon” and it was really lovely. He loves a movie about running and I love a movie about relationships and personal growth so it was a win-win. It’s definitely a dramedy. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brittany_runs_a_marathon

    • Liz says...

      I second this! It was so enjoyable!

  36. Sheila says...

    I never go see movies. My youngest child is now 5, so I think it will happen again soon. But, I just had a long international flight a couple weeks ago, which is not a normal thing for me. I watched Long Shot, The Hate You Give and Call me by Your Name. I loved them all for different reasons. My older daughter and I read The Hate You Give. She went to see it without me, and I never had the chance. Very timely movie. Long Shot was just total mind candy. And Seth Rohan was gosh darn cute. Call Me by your Name was beautiful and thoughtful.

  37. My mom and I recently went to see The Goldfinch. I actually don’t recommend it. It was sad the entire time. Even at the end.

    It did make me think about the Danish parenting book I recently finished. They mentioned that Danes tend to watch sadder movies because it makes them feel more grateful for their own lives. That strategy does not work with me!

  38. Kelly says...

    I recently saw the documentary Maiden about the first all female sailing team to compete in the Whitbread Round the World race and it was *incredible*. The strength of the women sailers to complete the journey and combat the misogyny in the sailing world made for a truly gripping and inspiring film.

  39. AJ says...

    Oh Hustlers is good, really worth a watch. I saw Judy the other night, solo Sunday date night just for me, in my sweaty gym kit – ha, don’t worry the cinema was very empty – with a double scoop ice cream (one scoop cherry garcia and one scoop chocolate cookie dough) and it was so good (movie and the ice cream). Renee was incredible and it was so moving. Defo recommend.

  40. I took my entering first grader to see The Farewell this summer. She had listened to an episode about the story on This American Life with me and we were both excited to see it! Needless to say, I missed the memo that it is almost completely in subtitles (a somewhat difficult feat for an emerging reader!) haha. She sat through the whole thing happily munching on popcorn and only started asking me to explain what was happening during the scenes that were actually in English!!

  41. Eloise says...

    I guess it’s been awhile, but I LOVED Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

  42. Laura F says...

    Didn’t love Downton, though my husband is a fan and anglophile. I found it decorative yet superficial. I DID love American Woman–Sienna Miller was astounding; and Departure. Awkwafina. The talent. Her relationship with her grandmother made me miss my own dearly departed GM anew.

  43. Jeanne says...

    I went to Downton Abbey and really loved it. It really is just a continuation of the show, so if unfamiliar, it might be hard to understand the nuances. I appreciated how the plotline moved quickly. At home I rely on subtitles to understand some of what’s said. At the movie I wanted to ask my husband to turn on the subititles! The demographic in our theater was on the older side, like 60+. (SPOILER) During the shot of two men kissing, I heard a couple people audibly gasp and clear their throats which made me chuckle.

    My husband wanted to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I liked it better than I thought I would but it’s good to remember it’s Tarantino’s fairytale. I thought the plot could have been a bit heavier. But the film is loaded to the gills with LA history easter eggs so if that’s your thing it’s super fun to look them up. I also heard amazing reviews about Parasite. I had to turn down an invite for that today and I’m so disappointed.

    • Anonygirl says...

      The same thing happened during Bohemian Rhapsody. I was visiting my grandma at her independent living retirement home and that was one of the movies shown (they show a movie every night) and all of the ladies were scandalized by the entire thing.

    • Cindy says...

      I am pushing 60 and I don’t think most people that age are shocked by two men kissing. :)

    • Jeanne says...

      Cindy. For sure…it’s mostly a demographic and cultural thing.

  44. suzy says...

    It’s been over a month and yet I still can’t stop thinking “The Peanut Butter Falcon” movie – absolutely darling. We took our 11 & 9 year old and the whole family gave it two thumbs up. #1 Rule…Party!

    • lydia says...

      yes!!!

  45. Sarah says...

    lol lol it WAS about CLEANING, wasn’t it?!

  46. Lillie says...

    After binge watching the final season again (I wanted to remember where we left off, and discovered I has missed the final Christmas episode), I went to Downton on Sunday as well. By myself. First time for me, and I can’t wait to do it again.

    • KK says...

      Yes! I go to movies by myself, as well as live shows/concerts. Just like going to movies (for me), I’m not going to socialize. I’m going to transport myself/immerse myself in the music. I went to see Joseph by myself a couple of weeks ago, and it was awesome. Highly recommend catching them on their tour right now, if you can. And, it was amazing b/c it was just me. I could move around the venue without worrying if people wanted to be at a different spot. I could grab a drink and not tell anyone. Go to the bathroom and come back to a different spot. Since it was just me, I could mosey on to the front without bothering people. It was relief to not worry about if the people I was with was liking the music (I worry about that). And, it was a relief to know that I could leave at any time I wanted without having to worry about someone else’s preference. (I stuck around to the very end b/c they are sooo good.) I recommend anyone try it out if into live music. It’s just another way I take care of me, what I like, what I want to do, when I want to do it. And, I have a husband and two sons who encourage this behavior – win, win, win.

  47. Kari says...

    My husband, who did not watch the show with me, was sweet enough to take me to see Downton this past weekend. Be warned, they provide zero background or scene setting, it really does just pick up where it left off. I loved it, but without any background, our date was an expensive nap for my husband. ha.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      Did you see the beginning of the movie? They gave a whole little wrap up of the characters. I’ve watched all the seasons, but it was nice to have the little summary first.

  48. Jane ORourke says...

    Coincidentally, those are the two movies I have just seen. I agree with Kelly that Peanut Butter Falcon is a must-see. So tender and triumphant!
    And Celeste, I did not see the Downtown Abbey series but went with my husband who loved the show. Like they say, you don’t have to see the series to enjoy the movie. It was still very good, if only for the cinematography and costumes and scenery, but easy to follow regardless.
    This is helpful too.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eptFefevE

  49. Amy says...

    Not a movie but SCHITT’S CREEK. I will give out my amazon prime or Netflix logins to ensure my friends are watching this important and effortlessly funny show. So so so so so so gooooood. Srsly are CoJ readers watching this? Haven’t seen a mention yet but it is sweeping the Canadian awards scene. What fleabag did at the Emmys, Schitt’s Creek has been doing in Canada for FOUR years. Dan Levy is a GENIUS and I want to be his friend.

    • Michelle says...

      I am re-watching Schitt’s Creek right now! I love Dan Levy so much!!!

    • t says...

      OMG we LOVE Schitt’s Creek in our household.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I second this- I just started watching Schitt’s Creek and I’m hooked. It is on the same level of love as Seinfeld, The Office, etc. Hilarious.

    • Katie says...

      YES!!! I started watching a few years ago when it first came out and I love, love, love it so much. The facial expressions. The snark. The heart. The ridiculousness. I especially love Alexis’ character arc. I’m so glad more people are finally watching it.

      They made a great show.

    • k says...

      IT IS GOLD

    • talia says...

      Best show on Netflix! LOVE Schitt’s Creek!

  50. Ali says...

    Not “at the movies” but I personally thought Wine Country (on Netflix) was really hilarious. And as a bonus, I’ve also been singing “can I offer you some feedback…” every day at work.

    • Jen says...

      I second this! And I have found myself singing the exact same at times

  51. Laura says...

    If you’re making movie decisions without Knox & Jamie’s help, your life isn’t as good as it could be! Check out the Popcast podcast (committed to educating you on things that entertain, but do not matter) for all your movie recommendations!

    http://knoxandjamie.com

    • Meghan says...

      The Popcast is literally my favorite podcast of all time!!! I love it so much that last year I flew to Dallas (from Northern VA) BY MYSELF to see their live show. Knox & Jamie are like the older, cooler, hilarious brother and sister that I wish I had :)

    • Savannah says...

      Just had a baby and in a complete departure from my plans (I made a stack of movies I love to rewatch: The Before Trilogy! Seinfeld! Ken Burns National Parks!) all I have watched is all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. The nights are so long and motherhood feels like a quest so… same? I know in a year I’ll look back and laugh because it’s so out of character- the crazy looks I have gotten when asking my friends if they own any of the movies have been priceless! But at 2AM I. DO. NOT. CARE.

    • Laura says...

      Another Laura here to vouch for Knox and Jamie! Their podcast is the highlight of my Wednesday’s! #onwednesdayswepopcast

  52. Laura says...

    I haven’t been to the movies in forever but I really want to see Hustlers, Ad Astra, and the new Terminator movie when it comes out.

  53. Meg says...

    If you like the SNL spoof, check out “Downton Sixbey” from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Some great moments, my favorite of which is the moment where you see Lady “Hedith”.

    • Jen says...

      Just watched this – hilarious!

  54. Arlene says...

    I saw Judy- Renee Zellweger gave an amazing performance.

    • Nan says...

      I second this! She was really great as Judy Garland and the film is so worth seeing.

    • Emily says...

      Yes, hand her the Oscar!

    • Bonnie says...

      Chiming in on this (Judy) as well. Superb. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. She brought her to life.

  55. Deana says...

    Just saw the Downton Abbey movie last Sunday. I was a big fan of the show, and it did not disappoint. The SNL parody is hilarious! Will wait for Joker to come out on DVD.

  56. Colleen S says...

    I haven’t seen any movies in a theater since last year, when I went with my sisters to see “Fantasic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Movies are just too expensive, and I hate having to deal with the people who willingly ignore the “no phones” rule that plays at the beginning of previews and again just before the main attraction. So I just wait for them to come to Redbox or one of the movie channels I pay for on Hulu/Netflix. I personally cannot wait to see the Downton Abbey movie.

    • laura says...

      Some movies seem uniquely made for the theatre though! I recently when to a showing of When Harry Met Sally and though I’ve seen it countless times, I laughed more than ever before, because the audience was anticipating the jokes (and it was great!). Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in theatres was a great experience too because of how reactive the audience was. I watched Arrival at home recently and wished I could’ve seen it when it was out in theatres because of all its grandeur.
      I watched Midsommar in theatre and that movie really got to me in a bad way. I read after that that movie can almost mimic going on a “trip” when you watch in on the big screen since it’s so bright and weird the whole time – that can affect the audience as well. I thought that was an interesting take.
      I’ll agree, though, that I wish more people paid attention to the no phones rule!

  57. Kelly says...

    My husband and I just saw “The Peanut Butter Falcon” a couple weeks ago and oh my GOODNESS- everyone go see it PLEASE. I was either smiling or crying the whole time and didn’t ever want it to end. So sweet and funny. Go watch the trailer right now and then go buy tickets :)

    • Sam says...

      I just saw Yesterday and thought it was so sweet and heartwarming!

  58. Robin says...

    The Downton movie felt like a big slice of cake. Delicious, satisfying, but ultimately not contributing much to my cultural nutrition. Yum!
    On the polar opposite of the scale, Midsommar was a mind freak that has really stayed with me. Intense, beautiful, and thought provoking.

  59. celeste says...

    I didn’t watch Downton the show, so I won’t see this movie. Looking forward to seeing “Judy” and “Hustlers” when my kids’ busy sports schedule dies down. Right now I’m learning the volleyball rules and watching baseball outdoors and I love it!

    • Alannah says...

      Hey Celeste, I took my mum to see this movie at her request and I was worried since I’d never watched the show that I wouldn’t get it and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It was witty, funny, easy to watch. I left with a big grin on my face and now want to watch the series. X