I've been amazed at the number of people raving about it on Twitter and thrilled that so many others have jumped on the Downton Abbey bandwagon with me. For those of you who have no idea what the fuss is all about, or what the series is all about, go HERE:
Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind this masterpiece, is also responsible for Vanity Fair (2004), Gosford Park (2001), The Young Victoria (2009), and From Time to Time (2009→a film based on The Chimneys of Green Knowe book by Lucy M. Boston). So what exactly is so appealing about it?
- Acting→ Any cast that includes both Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville is almost certainly guaranteed to make me a fan. The acting in this series is superb across the board. The actors convey their characters' struggles and dreams in such a way that I genuinely care about all of them. Even villains like O'Brien and Thomas, which is saying a lot (they're just dreadful).
- Cinematography→ Not sure that this is the right word, but the quality of filming is first rate. You feel as though you're watching a big budget movie and not some low-grade TV special. I love this series so much that I purchased Series 1 and 2 on blu-ray, and let me just say they are gorgeous. Especially the shots of Downton surrounded by green grass and blue skies.
- Costumes→ From the beading and frou frou detail of the upstairs finery to the starchiness of the downstairs livery, I feel like I'm seeing honest to goodness early 20th century apparel. It almost makes me want to start wearing big hats and elbow-length gloves. Like, all the time.
- Script→ Well written and compelling, the script makes me care about nobility and household staff alike. What's especially great is that the writers have chosen to show a noble family who actually treats their staff well, and at times even like their own family. The major events of this era have a way of pulling people together from all walks of life. I love the way the writers chose to handle this. Like I said, they made me genuinely care about each and every character.
- History→ Such an interesting point in history, with so much going on. Series 1 opens with the sinking of the Titanic, delves into Women's Rights and the suffragette movement, closing with the beginning of World War 1. Series 2 further deals with the Great War, and how all were forced to cope, whether noble or servant. Up next for Series 3? The Roaring Twenties. Yay!
If I haven't convinced you yet, check out this *ahem* steamy photoshoot with Mary and Matthew*:
I really wish this series would go on forever, but sadly Series 3 is reportedly the last of the bunch.
So tell me: Have you jumped on the Downton bandwagon yet? And if not, why not?
*Michelle Dockery (Mary) and Dan Stevens (Matthew)