Film review: Downton Abbey – A New Era
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- Published on Friday, 29 April 2022 16:30
- Last Updated on 29 April 2022
- Monica Costa
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The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast in 1928 as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ (Maggie Smith) newly inherited villa while, back at Downton, a film crew has descended on the estate to shoot a movie.
With the house full of attention seeking movie stars including Guy Dexter (Dominic West) and Myrna Dalgleish (Laura Haddock), extras and a lustful director (Hugh Dancy), Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) takes charge with her clipped voice and solid, organised ways.
In this movie the divide between upstairs – downstairs seem to increasingly blur and some of the staff have now become more outspoken with their employers, and at the end of the story they even play the roles of their bosses in the movie that is filmed at Downton.
What was really stunning about this film is the 1920s fashion. My eyes were glued to the screen eagerly awaiting more dresses and costumes at every scene.
Alongside fashion, I loved John Lunn’s magnificent soundtrack to Downton Abbey: A New Era released by Decca Records.
The soundtrack retains the distinctive sweeping orchestration and title motifs from the multiple Emmy Award-winning series whilst celebrating the story’s entrance to a new decade with 1930s swinging Jazz and embracing the glitz of early cinema. The album embraces the exciting new generation of UK Jazz/Soul artists, featuring award-winning British Jazz and Soul singer Cherise Adams-Burnett, whose honeyed voice shines on tracks Crazy Rhythm and Am I Blue. Cherise also features in the film, performing the tracks from the soundtrack.
Lunn’s music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans a broad spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained yet contemporary in attitude, he combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece.
London Mums’ magazine rating: 6/10
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums