‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ is the feel-good movie we need

Most of the original cast members reunite for the historical drama, in theaters May 20. #k5evening

SEATTLE — For a dozen years, audiences have embraced the Crawley family, their servants, and the house that defines them: Downton Abbey.

The final film – “A New Era” – brings everyone together as they prepare to enter a new decade: the 1930s.

According to tradition, the film presents several scenarios. In one, half of the Crawley family travels to France where a mysterious man has bequeathed a house to the matriarch of the Violet family, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Meanwhile, the rest of the family and staff remain on hand to oversee the filming of a silent film inside Downton Abbey.

Entertainment reporter Kim Holcomb spoke to former High Bonneville cast members (Robert Crawley,) Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley,) Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates,) and Phyllis Logan (Ms. Hughes.)

HOLCOMBE: “Congratulations on your lasting (on-screen) marriage! I’d like each of you to tell me what’s best about having each other as your on-screen partner for all these years. “

GOOD CITY“I think because we’ve become such close friends over the years, we have a rapport, we have an ease and we have complete trust in each other.”

McGOVERN: “Hugh holds me in his arms.”

GOOD CITY : “Careful, my dear.”

McGOVERN: (laughing) “Metaphorically, my god. We really are different people, we have different ways of looking at things and I’m still very fascinated by Hugh, I still don’t quite understand him after all these years. He’s kind of like a mystery to me, and I think I might be to him, I’m not sure. But I think it works. »

GOOD CITY : “Yes, I remain completely taken aback by Elizabeth and that’s why our marriage was so successful.”

HOLCOMBE: “I’ve kind of wanted to hug you for over a decade now and I’m curious, does that make me a big weirdo or do you get that often?”

FROGATT: “We get that sometimes, and it’s nice that people feel that way about the characters.”

LOGAN: “I know, to be so enthusiastic and have your character loved.”

FROGATT: “You’re like a much funnier Mrs. Hughes, drinking a glass of wine and dancing on the tables with me. What we have already done.”

HOLCOMBE: “My condolences that you also had to shoot on the French Riviera this time around, it must have been very difficult for you.”

McGOVERN: “Poor us. With the costumes, with the sweet air, the smell of the food and the lovely people, there really isn’t much to do. I had to get up early and pull myself together (laughs) so that was the only job I did.”

HOLCOMBE: “I also loved the super-meta look of a period film shot in a period film.”

FROGATT: “It was beautiful because they had all these old movie trucks, costumes and lighting equipment and the truck with the tea truck – aw, it was so beautiful. Everything was original, it was awesome .”

HOLCOMBE: “Have you ever, over the years, brought home a little souvenir (from the set)?”

GOOD CITY : “I released a pair of cricket pants in season 3. At that time, I was playing a little cricket, so I released them. But about a week later, the costume designer called me and said, ‘Do you know what happened to those cricket pants because there’s an exhibition going on at Lord’s Cricket Ground and they need them. I said, ‘Oh, they happen to be in my closet, how about that.'”

McGOVERN: (laughing) “No, memories. (Just) memories.”

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” is full of joy and happy endings, and will leave audiences joyful. Creator Julian Fellowes said he doesn’t know if another movie will be made, but if not, this one makes for a great ending to the series.

It’s rated PG and hits theaters on May 20.

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