Downton Abbey fans have revealed they were left in “tears” after watching A New Era, the highly anticipated sequel to the period drama.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their emotional reactions after watching the film, which hit theaters on Friday.
Many fans admitted they both laughed and cried as they went through a ‘roller coaster of emotions’, while others expressed surprise at how ‘sad’ the story was. .
Emotional: Downton Abbey fans were left in ‘tears’ after watching A New Era. Pictured: Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
One fan wrote: ‘Just watched Downton Abbey A New Era. As expected – absolutely loved it! Such a feel-good movie (some tears too!)’
Another wrote: ‘Just wow! There were laughs and there were tears. A new era indeed #DowntonAbbeyANewEra.’
A third tweeted: “Watched tonight laughter and tears thank you.”
And a fourth said: ‘Back with old friends from #DowntonAbbey tonight. South of France, Hollywood, laughter and tears… felt like the final chapter of a beloved story. Damn Wonderful!’
‘Sad’: Viewers took to Twitter to share their emotional reactions after watching the film, which hit theaters on Friday. Pictured: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
While a fifth added: ‘I just got back from watching the first screening and boy it was a roller coaster of emotions and I was in tears at one point, a great round up characters.”
A sixth commented: “Just got back from the new Downton Abbey movie, it’s actually really sad.”
Another wrote: ‘Just got back from watching Downton Abbey it was funny sad and really enjoyable.
Downton Abbey: A New Era received outstanding reviews after its cinema release on Friday, with Brian Viner of the Daily Mail describing it as “the gift that keeps on giving”.
Tearful: Many fans admitted they both laughed and cried as they went through a ‘roller coaster of emotions’, while others expressed surprise at how ‘sad’ it was “.
He wrote: ‘There is a birth, a death, a proposal and a point of disputed paternity, with all the details tied together as neatly as if Mr Carson himself had dealt with them.
“There’s also some real laughs and some unapologetic spin-offs…Downton is the gift that keeps on giving.”
Fans eagerly awaited the final episode of Downton Abbey, which saw the Crawley family travel to the south of France to uncover a mystery at a villa attributed to the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director was planning to make a movie at Downton.
The trailer shows the Crawley family heading to the south of France to uncover a mystery at a villa attributed to the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a movie in Downton.
It opens as fan favorite Violet [Dame Maggie]said: “I came into possession of a villa in the south of France.
Film: The sequel sees the return of the much-loved cast as the Crawley family heads to the south of France to uncover a mystery at a villa
She continues: “Years ago, before you were born. I met a man.
It then turns out that the dowager Grantham and her lover “spent a few days together and he gave her a home”.
The upcoming sequel will see the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle, and Penelope Wilton.
And it looks like there could be trouble in heaven for Lady Mary (Michelle) as she opens up about the struggles of marriage in the trailer.
Lady Mary is seen talking to Hugh’s character saying, “You don’t need me to tell you that marriage is a romance full of twists and turns along the way.”
The trailer also shows the estate becoming the setting for a movie, and a skinny mustachioed Dominic, who plays a 1920s Hollywood actor, becoming quite the heartthrob among the staff.
One of the cooks said, “There’s something about him, it’s like a wild animal ready to leap.
Mister Barber, producer and director, begins shooting the film – but the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) is unimpressed with the fanfare.
‘I think it’s a horrible idea. Actresses in make-up and actors just stuck up,” he says as the scene cuts to the Hollywood cast interrupting everyday life at Downton.
Joke: Meanwhile Hugh Bonneville has revealed he thinks Maggie Smith’s character in Downton Abbey is ‘going to die between movies’ while opening up about her return
The trailer also hints that fans will finally get to see widower Tom Branson find love again with maid Lucy Smith, as the pair wed in romantic scenes.
Meanwhile, Hugh Bonneville has revealed he thinks Maggie Smith’s character in Downton Abbey is “going to die between movies” while talking about her return to the big screen.
The actor, who plays Robert Crawley in the period drama and new sequel film, appeared on Magic Radio Breakfast on Friday morning to discuss the film’s new release.
Hugh, 59, has also spoken out about rumors this could be Maggie’s last hurray – admitting she says she’s ‘done’ every time but always comes back.
Throwback: Hugh, 59, has also spoken out about rumors this could be Maggie’s last acting hurray – admitting she says she’s ‘done’ every time but always comes back
During the conversation, Hugh explained, “I honestly thought she was going to die between movies, but there she is, reappearing like a bad penny and absolutely perfect as usual.”
The actor also joked that the 87-year-old star had “all the best lines”, continuing: “Every iteration of the series is the ‘this is the last time, this is it, I’m done’. and here it is again.
“She’s in fantastic form in that area and as usual has all the best lines and we don’t blame her.”
Maggie previously announced Downton Abbey’s sixth season, which ended up being the show’s final season, would be her last – but returned for the sequel on the big screen this year.
Downton creator Julian Fellowes previously teased some details about the film, which is based on the acclaimed TV series.
Cast: The sequel saw the return of the much-loved cast, including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton (LR) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox
Speaking about the project, Julian shared, “It really is a new era. As the 1920s progressed, the world changed in many ways. Everything from entertainment to transportation was really different in the late 20s. That’s what we’re referring to.
Julian sees the Downton films as an extension of the hit TV series, which ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, and he explained that the new film will pick up where the 2019 film left off.
He said, “As we know from the last film, Mary may not be the titular head of the household, but she does run the show. We go further.
“We’re trying to mark the change – the fact that Crawleys of Downton is almost in the 1930s, which is just the start of the modern world.”
Downton Abbey: A New Era – What critics say…
Peter Bradshaw writes: “The second – and hopefully the last – spin-off film of Julian Fellowes’ hit TV series is as hilarious, silly and undeniably entertaining as ever… It’s all joyfully laughable though heading towards a note of seriousness to compare with what Wagner was aiming for with Siegfried’s funeral march.
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Robbie Collin writes: “The luxury soap opera’s second feature spin-off ticks all the right boxes…Like Downton Abbey’s first film, A New Era is built like easy television: Downton itself comes alive with entertaining way, while the French scenes radiate nourishing evasive cream and cerulean shine.’
Brian Viner writes, “There is a birth, a death, a proposal, and a point of disputed paternity, with all the details tied together as neatly as if Mr. Carson himself had handled them. There’s also some real laughs and some unapologetic spin-off plots…Downton is the gift that keeps on giving.
Peter Debruge writes: “Fellows give us a loving group hug, which is effectively what these reminder visits are all about.
Anna Smith writes, “With more plot turns than half a dozen episodes, A New Era packs a lot into its runtime, and its manipulations can be pretty seamless. But it’s hard to blame them when he fulfills his mission so clearly. After all, as Molesley says: We all need dreams.
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David Rooney writes, “Despite the promise of a drastic title change, A New Era is much more similar, which will be fine for fans of the long-running PBS hit.”