Thursday Movie Picks: Period Drama

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we bring back a topic we already did last year – period drama.

#1 A Knight’s Tale

Oh, how I miss Heath Ledger. A Knight’s Tale was such a funny and cute film with him!

#2 Downton Abbey

Although I didn’t exactly love the first Downton Abbey movie, it was still pretty decent and after the rather iconic TV show definitely deserves its place in this list.

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Movie Mania: Downton Abbey

Hey guys!
Although or maybe just because I had some mixed feelings about the Downton Abbey series, I went to check out the movie. Was it good? Was it bad? Let’s find out!

The Plot:

All of Downton Abbey is in an uproar. The King and Queen have announced they are paying a visit. There are preparations to be made, family feuds to be undusted, drama to be had…

The Rating:

Although I watched all seasons of Downton Abbey I could never quite make my mind up about the show. I loved that it was interspersed with bits of real history but at times the soap opera vibe was too strong for me.

I thought, maybe the film will hit the spot a bit more so I went to see it at theaters. It immediately turned out that I was not the target audience. There was just I, an elderly couple and four elderly ladies.

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TV Show Spotlight: Downton Abbey

Hey guys!
I know I’m a bit late to the party but I finally finished watching Downton Abbey. Let’s see what it’s about!


The Plot:
The show is a historical period drama set in England from 1912 to 1926. The stories revolve around the family Grantham who lives at Downton Abbey with their domestic stuff. Over the course of six season, hearts are broken, marriages are celebrated, wars are waged. Each member of the family and the staff has his or her very own story in this fascinating time…


Why should you check it out?
To be honest, my feelings about the show are a bit ambivalent. But I’ll start with the positive aspects!
The biggest reason to watch Downton Abbey is Maggie Smith. She plays the Dowager Countess and is absolutely divine. Even in the most serious moments of the show she will make a sharp, sarcastic or witty remark that will leave you laughing out loud. By far my favourite character on the show!
Furthermore, I appreciate that Downton Abbey focuses equally on the upper and the lower class. The staff gets interesting stories with depth and character development. Not only does it really add to the show in general and make the whole thing more broad, I am certain I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much, had there only been the upper class plotlines.  Continue reading