After six seasons that yielded the kind of ratings PBS seldom sees, "Downton" closed its run in 2016, with happy endings all around. So series creator Julian Fellowes had some work to do in order to devise the circumstances that would justify a return engagement, settling on a Royal visit, with all the pomp and circumstance that entails.
在六季都取得了美国公共广播公司（PBS）难得一见的高分之后，电视剧《唐顿庄园》于2016年以大团圆结局欢喜收官。因此，为了让作品合情合理地回归到观众眼前，该系列作者朱利安·费罗斯需要费心谋划情景 —— 一场王室到访的盛况及其引发的一系列事件。
Picking up in 1927, two years after the events of the series concluded, Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) receives the news that the King and Queen of England are coming to visit Downton during their tour of the country. Although everyone is initially excited at the prospect, the royal staff presumes to relegate the Downton staff to doing next to nothing, much to their consternation. Meanwhile, a controversy is brewing upstairs with the return of Lord Grantham’s estranged cousin Maud Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton), who is threatening to give her inheritance to her servant, which upsets her aunt Lady Violet (Maggie Smith). Additionally, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is worried that her brother-in-law Tom (Allen Leech) will revert to his anti-imperialist ways when faced with the King and Queen.
From the first distant glimpse of the estate, as John Lunn's lush score swells in accompaniment, it's clear that the movie will basically luxuriate in the show's elegant trappings, with everything slightly magnified from its TV incarnation.
The film is also full of emotionally raw moments and heartbreaking plot turns that gave it the depth it needs: many a tear will be shed at the climax of the dowager countess' plotline. It didn't just resolve all the conclusions we had been left unsure of and give us looks into the relationships we had hoped would thrive, but also served up moments that fans may not have expected. This is one of the qualities that has always made Julian Fellowes' writing special: he has never shied away from turning the entire story on its head – take Matthew's Christmas car crash – and this is no different.
电影中也满是动情时刻和令人心碎的剧情转折，赋予了影片所需的深度：老夫人故事线的高潮部分相当催泪。它不光解释了我们还不太确定的所有线索，审视了我们曾希望有所发展的人际关系，同时也给粉丝们奉上了许多意想不到的场景。这向来是朱利安·费罗斯剧本的特别之处：他常常颠覆整个故事 —— 比如“大表哥”马修的那场圣诞节车祸 —— 这次也不例外。
And yet Fellowes keep the film feeling light, airy, and cozy. It’s not the series and it’s not really intended to be. Instead, Downton Abbey is more of a way to reconnect with characters you love in a setting you enjoy. And thanks to Michael Engler’s skilled direction and Ben Smithard’s lush cinematography, the movie feels like a movie rather than a two-hour episode they shoved into theaters.
Like the fancy silver being polished for the royal family’s arrival, the movie provides an extra buffing to make everything sparkle.