I originally thought I would not get to see the new Downton Abbey movie in theaters. I luckily got my wife hooked on the show, and it took her about a month to watch it. We had rented the first movie on Amazon and watched Downton Abbey: A New Era in theaters this previous weekend.
It starts with the marriage of Tom Branson to the maid with a huge inheritance, Lucy Smith. But the happy couple aren’t given a lot of screen time.
Instead the plot revolves around Violet Crawley realizing she inherited a villa in Southern France. She plans on giving it to Sybbie, whom stands with the least to inherit out of the youngest generation.
The majority of the Crawley family goes to France to inspect the new villa. And to figure out the mystery of how an old woman just recently inherited such a luxurious estate.
The biggest thing is that the widow of its former owner is absolutely livid that a young girl is going to be the villa’s new owner. She also doesn’t seem to be thrilled of why Violet was the heir many many decades ago. And she’s willing to take matters to court.
At Downton Abbey, most of the servants are there to witness a real silent movie being shot at the estate. Lady Mary does her best to manage the house in the chaos but she might be surprised of how things will progress.
Like always, this new Downton Abbey is on par with its previous greatness. I don’t favor either film over the other. And not to spoil anything, I shed a few tears at the end.