Holly on Hollywood – Downton Abbey

Holly on Hollywood
“Downton Abbey”
by Holly McClure

 

Downton Abbey is a continuation of the popular TV series, set two years after the series ended. Once again it brings together the Crawley family and their servants almost a decade after the Great War ended and before World War II. Lord and Lady Grantham get a letter that King George V and Queen Mary plan to make a one-night visit to Downton, now the entire Crawley family, including Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Countess Violet, must pull together to make the visit a success, which causes a panic upstairs. Downstairs, the servants labor under the direction of Anna Carson and Thomas Barrow to prepare for the big event. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and the original cast, also star.

The PG rating is for characters drinking at dinners and parties but no one’s drunk. Language is limited to a scene where police officers call gay men “dirty perverts” and a same-sex kiss occurs after a police raid at an underground gay bar. Downton franchise’s gay character, Barrow, the footman-turned-butler played by Robert James-Collier, is acknowledged and even celebrated – not very realistic for that time period. Downton’s nobles still live in rarefied finery which is fun to watch, both servants and family members pull together for the royal visit. And characters who were formerly cruel to each other are now tolerant. The finery and details paid to the Royal family is a visual smorgasbord. Kevin Doyle plays the overexcitable servant Molesley and steals the entire film with his royalist love and Downton pride over dinner. There are few sad moments but no beloved characters die. I enjoyed the television series and likewise enjoyed this rousingly entertaining movie with a close that brings a satisfying feeling of finality for Downton Abbey.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~

Holly_McClure

Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.

In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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