Downton Abbey (2019) - Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

7

Engaging

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Michael Engler
Stars: Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton
Length: 122 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 64 out of 426 found boring (15.02%)

One-line Reviews (190)

Stunning visuals all over!

And with stunning production design by Donal Woods, Downton Abbey is gorgeous.

Downton the TV series was engaging, had a modicum of historical social interest and was fun.

Watching paint dry is more exiting .

However, although there were a few satisfying elements relating to specific characters' development, the story as a whole was dull.

I found it really slow and well confusing too.

Save your money and if you need a Downton Fix, watch the re-runs of the TV series.

No plot.

The cinematography, the costumes, the story line all were engaging from beginning to end.

The most intriguing conceit of the film was the trick played on the royal servants by the household staff of Downton.

It was wonderful to rejoin these characters and the cinematography was visually stunning.

Very enjoyable.

The imagery was gripping, the characters enjoyable, i guess i will watch the series eventually :) Maggie Smith was a triumph!

All the characters we came to love and care about have their own story to tell, and they do so in a calm and entertaining way.

All the characters were there and the story was bitter sweet and entertaining.

Thrilling writing, amazing comedy (Especially from Maggie Smith) and such cozy feel

The film began, by introducing a rather intriguing plot with potentially good story development, that being said, in the end it all resulted rather predictable and rushed.

Seems rather a waste of money.

I was a fan of the TV show and the movie is like watching a long episode, which I found enjoyable.

Servants seem to have a relatively enjoyable life.

In true Downton style and fervor, the movie was enjoyable, funny and left you wanting more if only they would have left Barrows disgusting behavior on cutting room floor.

Lady Mary is her intriguing self, Carson is hilarious and Maggie Smith is at her best.

On the debit side, most of these plots achieve the unwanted double of being both predictable and unconvincing.

Very beautifully filmed extremely predictable story with non-developing characters that do exactly what you would expect from them.

The photography is beautifully framed, the costumes evocative of its period and the scenery takes the breath away.

It really is pointless

The film should be entertaining for any hardcore Downton Abbey fan.

Although I wasn't expecting big twists and turns, I would've expected a more intense screenplay.

All over the place with many interesting plots going nowhere or forgotten by the writers.

But I just couldn't really care about what became of these people, not because they were "immoral" but because they were boring.

Enjoyable even if you haven't watched the series, though you may struggle with some of the finer parts of the plot.

An Enjoyable Continuation of the Series .

King and queen stop by, by they were a small footnote in the tedious business of the cooks and servants, as they were in the show.

thoroughly enjoyable.

Just a little too contrived and stodgy, with plot-twists that led nowhere, and a lot of unnecessary blurb about traditions, blah, blah, yawn.

It was full of breathtaking cinematography, beautiful music, award winning set design, and splendid fashions and costumes.

Which was so so so exciting and I even got to sit right next to the director - how cool is that?!

Excellent soundtrack, great repartee, scenery is so perfect, and several entertaining side issues that will not distract you from the heart of the movie.

Worth watching!

Appalling script full of irritating cliches, no real story-line, unnecessary gay scenes, I was bored witless and lost 122 minutes of my life watching this drivel.

Good God this must be the most boring and bland movie I have ever been forced to endure

Is there anyone who thinks this is worth watching.

Of course if you see only the movie probably you'll say this is a boring movie without an intense screenplay!

Although I cannot speak for the series, the film was mostly dull and certainly wasn't worth my time.

Every minute was enjoyable.

The result seems too contrived and of course predictable One good thing- Tom finally has an optimistic future.

It feels like a collection of (in many occasions unexpected) scenes instead of a heart touching story that gives our favourite noble family the credits they deserve.

When you are bored with all those speedy action packed blockbusters, this kind of a witty drama can be a really refreshing experience.

How bad and boring can it get.

It runs a bit superficial and predictable, and fans will long for the series format so we can wallow in all those silly, daily dramas of a bygone world.

Terrible lines, over-used one-liners, unbelievable scenes, whining rich girls, a romance that wasn't romantic, a ridiculously stupid manufactured situation to which they wrote an equally ridiculously stupid solution, no real plot or point, and an ending that just fell flat.

Theeen there's the "Kill-the-king" subplot which was so ridiculously underdeveloped and VERY VERY predictable...

It's back, the great historical time piece that never fails to amuse anyone, it's perfect in every way same as before, the dialogues the intriguing stories overlapping each other and most importantly tying loose ends of all plots and storylines bringing it to a new level for the show.

I'll say this: Maggie Smith was full on enjoyable with out the prerequisite of what she means to the show.

Overall, this film is entertaining with beautiful camerawork as a highlight.

But the machinations to the plot were unrealistic and contrived.

Except that it was a buildup episode to something more exciting next week, only nothing ever happens.

Uninteresting .

I'm well acquainted with the many, many gripping backstories and subplots.

Instead, it was simply flat and uninteresting .

But I was bored enough at home one night to head to the theater to see it.

So enjoyable!

Will bore you to Death .

It was childish, Childish humor, very predictable and far fetched.

Breathtaking Again .

The plot is really flat and cliche.

A waste of time and money.

Visually, it's stunning.

I struggled to stay awake near the end.

No plot, silly story lines.

I watched it in entirety but got bored.

What do I want to say, predictable and stilted?

Six seasons worth watching.

"Dowdy-ton" the Movie however did become more tedious as the minute-hand began to crawl in this predictable, pageant-ridden "upstairs-downstairs", big-screen encounter with Royalty.

This means it doesn't leave time for any deep or dramatic plot twists, just little somewhat predictable and familiar scenarios for each character to resolve throughout the film.

But also unplanned, and unexpected, continuation of stories that have tied up their loose ends, tend to end in a flop.

Enjoyable .

Cinematically lush, overtime hamstrung by a pedestrian meandering plot that went nowhere leaving a promise unfulfilled.

Edwardian British cultural elitism and snobbery at it's finest, Predictable and sleep inducing.

Beyond Boring .

Great characters, and very entertaining.

I enjoyed it very much, just like the series before it.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Entire film full of boring conversation!

This was such an amazing and exciting opportunity, an experience that I will never forget.

That was the slowest movie I have ever watched.

An absolute pleasure to be immersed in the sumptuous surroundings of Downton - the 2 hours flew by.

If u loved the tv series this is a must see on the big screen breathtaking brilliant .

Boring overall .

Michael Engler directed this tiresome story in a lackluster way.

Enjoyable, entertaining .

I was so so bored all the time.

Cliche-ridden, stupid, unnecessary, these adjectives don't do justice to the degree to which the script has been dumbed down.

The proliferation of secondary lines is confusing, and I lost track of all the males who look alike.

Overall, I came away very happy to have seen it and to have reconnected with my favorite TV family but I have to wonder if I'd have actually enjoyed it more as another 2hr TV special.

This movie has no story, full time waste, it is not worth the money.

The visit of the King and Queen in 1927 made for a high point in the Downton story that played out in an unexpected way to the delight of the audience.

Very confusing if you haven't seen The TV series .

I didn't know how Fellowes would do it within the window of 2 hours, but he created a very entertaining and satisfying extension to the Downton Abbey franchise.

I find it very confusing with so many characters in one movie and they all seem rather important one way or another, thus it gets boring.

Predictable .

Boring I really had to force myself to watch 2 hours .

Very enjoyable!

It stands alone as an entertaining visit to an estate that contains the changes coming in a robustly interesting time between world wars.

Became totally immersed in that era.

Too long and bored!

Pointless Puerile Plot - Just Silly In Every Way .

Like visiting a long-beloved friend you've missed for far too long.

The plot involving the inheritance, mostly centring around Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton, is decent, if somewhat easily predictable.

LIKES:Continues where the series left off Nostalgic Moments brought back Same Class and Charm Funny and well balanced The Acting The MusicDISLIKES:Slow At First A Few characters limited A Few Story Plots Crammed In That Were UnnecessaryThe VERDICT:Returning to the abbey was a fantastic trip down the road of nostalgia and new, as the latest chapter in the Crawley residence comes in many classy forms.

Overall the script seemed a little too contrived, & flat.

Watching paint dry is a better way to spend your time...

What a waste of time.

The script here doesn't deserve its dramatic buildup, but, admittedly, it does manage to make even setting up chairs in the rain more compelling than it otherwise would be (which is to say it wouldn't otherwise have been of any interest and barely is regardless).

They kept the personalities of all the characters the same, along with the same enjoyable relations.

American director Michael Engler's 2019 movie plays out like a (slightly below-par) episode of the series - indeed so much so that the viewer may be lulled into a false sense of security regarding "more next week" ...

Characters stayed true to their form, it was entertaining and beautifully filmed.

The costumes of course were stunning as usual.

While we were happy to see the cast again, the plot was too contrived, unlike the original episodes.

Downton Abbey was the best and most enjoyably entertaining two hours I've spent watching a film in ages.

It was a lovely film, costumes and cinematography worthy, but the storyline was dull, and the acting predictable.

And the fragmented plot lines are uninteresting and unsatisfying.

Overall, the movie was a pleasant enough romp, very much just another episode that happens to be drawn out over the length of the movie.

The Stream: Better if you have some knowledge of the series, but enjoyable nonetheless.

With sumptuous costumes by Anna Robbins, borrowing Queen Elizabeth's tiara designs and designing a stunning gown for Lady Mary in a Fortuny pleated style.

Flim is wonderfully satisfying the plot has enough twists to be entertaining.

(yawn again and who cares?

Apart from a very dull predictable storyline the 'shoe horned in' sub plots about the IRA and Homosexuality were total hog wash.

It's all here, and it's all pretty predictable.

8/10 - a worthy extension of the acclaimed series that will be enjoyable for both super fans and newcomers

Waste of money dont go an see it!

The above covers only a small fraction of the entertaining scenes in the movie and a very small fraction of the characters in the TV series.

The costumes are stunning.

Seeing all these 10 star ratings is so confusing, as much as the storyline, because I'm not sure we watched the same movie!

Pointless .

The "Downton Abbey" TV show is comfortingly bland.

The surprises unexpected.

If bland confections are your thing this may well be right down your private driveway.

Overall: Simply uninteresting.

I didn't like it as much as they did, but still found it worth the watch!

HOWEVER, it is a marvelously fun, happy, and engaging watch.

It's brain candy, but enjoyable enough on a wet afternoon.

The series was an elegant collaboration of a talented writer, great actors, an incredible music score and the most breathtaking backgrounds ever seen on TV.

(By the way, I thought the picture at my local Picturehouse cinema - Harbour Lights in Southampton - was particularly stunning: I queried it with them, and they said they had changed the (very expensive) projector bulb just that day!

Snoozer.

) Even the exchanges between Dowager Lady Violet and Isobel Merton (nee Crawley) seemed more petty and contrived than clever.

Wow so disappointing Boring!!!!

I did not choose to watch this, i was dragged along, the instincts where right.

But I felt like I was watching a 1920s themed party rather than being immersed in the period.

Entertaining in parts, then.

You could think of a thousand fascinating storylines and intreging plots, just like in the series, but they chose a boring path.

The dialogue is so cliché ridden and bland that.

As a group, we decided that watching the fridge light come on or watching paint dry would be just as entertaining & cost less too.

As a fan of the series I enjoyed it.

Boring with no story.

The perfect recipe for an enjoyable movie experience.

Otherwise you'll probably find it boring.

It's weird, dry, funny, pointless at times but enjoyable.

Even the scene by scene direction was sloppy, with a lot of pointless bustling, dialogue non-sequitirs, poor pacing and a sense that we were watching a bunch of first takes where people were unsure of their lines.

Not very familiar w/the tv show, but the movie was still enjoyable.

Boring .

And we unconsciously compare the series with others that roughly have the same downsides, regardless of potential qualities: action is sometimes repetitive since it runs for hours; a few events are far-fetched to maintain attention on the long term; characters are frequently two-dimensional; plot and style trigger easy emotions.

Weak storyline, Slow boring and big onus of attempting to get granny to fire too many witty one liners.

This movie is pretty boring.

I'd normally go into more detail, but life is just too short to waste any more time discussing this rubbish, frankly.

Stuffy Stodgy Royal Aristocratic Fun .

The saving grace of this film is that it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is - a reproduction of the characters from the TV series, each with their own somewhat bland sub-plot which chugs merrily along towards a happy ending.

Also the part where the butler gets busted in the gay bar seemed a little contrived.

Entertaining and frivolous .

I thought the latter series had gotten a bit boring and predictable towards the end.

But the story felt underdeveloped and a little mundane compared to other storylines from the TV series.

This was an implausible story line made worse with hesitant, empty, wooden acting - it often felt like some were reciting - badly - from cue cards.

Maybe other people enjoy hearing other people chortle whenever there is a very contrived, predictable joke?

The whole thing felt forced and contrived -- even the plot "crises" were negligible and mainly re-hashes of previous plot tropes like a lady's maid who steals from her employer and another hidden love-child daughter of a family member (yawn.

The acting was good, but apart from that I found the film slow moving and tedious.

The second half of it gets more interesting and enjoyable, as we see the effect on the manors staff when the kings entourage takes over during their visit.

gosh this was boring.

Most enjoyable .

On the whole it enjoyable and gives you that proud to be British feeling in a time of uncertainty in the world.

To me the most entertaining was the plot by the downstairs workers to get rid of the royal entourage, and the King's French chef, and serve a proper meal to the guests.

Too many boring talking scene and not intense!

Other sub plots were drawn iutwere boring and irrelevant or a badly researched attempts to make a points about social injustice and upheaved.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and am so glad that the creators put in the time and effort to get it right.

Our family enjoyed the premiere, and really enjoyed it.

Enjoyed it very much .

Me, a Downton fangirl, and my boyfriend, a Downton novice, both enjoyed it immensely.

Unwatchable .

It was wonderfully made, very clever, thoroughly enjoyable.

Scenes with Maggie Smith and (somewhat surprisingly) Kevin Doyle (as Mosley) are the bright spots of what is a mundane disappointment.

The secret daughter subplot was way too predictable, they should've made the servant her secret lesbian lover, that would've made it more interesting.