When we got there 30-minutes ahead of the start.
At the end.
It was in their largest theater. It was NOT full. Maybe not even 1/2 full.
Maybe 120 people.
I am at a loss as to how you could be critical or even objective about this movie.
It gave the punters 120% EXACTLY what they were hoping, what they were expecting, what they were salivating about.
It was entertaining, amusing and, per the ‘Downton’ trademark, beautifully crafted.
How can you complain.
The audience loved it and there was (near thunderous) applause at the end (– which I was expecting & at the same time dreading).
Our 3 tickets cost just over $33 (mainly because I get a STEEP senior discount). $11 for 2-hours of escapism? You can’t beat that.
It was shallow, superficial and ‘they’ (i.e., Julian Fellowes & his fellow writers & producers) were having FUN with the audience. They actually were taking the mickey out of the audience — in particular the Americans. But, ‘taking the mickey’ is a popular British (contact) sport. So, it is fair game.
That message in the trailer said it all.
It was British pantomime. They gave the audience the punch lines they wanted. The audience loved it — and that is ALL THAT MATTERS.
This a movie, unashamedly, for ‘Downton’ fans like US. Teischan loved it, though she said that some parts were boring!
It is not a movie for those that are not already fans. They will be confused.
Yes, the sequel is already in the works and will star Branson — the Irish ‘republican’.
IF you are a ‘Downton’ fan you have NO CHOICE. You have to see it.
IF you are NOT a ‘Downton’ fan go see ‘Hustler’ instead. SMILE.