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Which movie was a better sequel?

Downton Abbey the television series originally aired from September 2010 to December 2015. The series was later supplemented by two films which followed as continuation pieces, Downton Abbey (2019) and Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022). So which movie was a better continuation?

When comparing two such continuing plays that are historical dramas, it’s always important to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of the plots, characters, and of course, storyline settings. It is also important to note that distribution and production are a critical factor in the success of such plays because of how well they can reach audiences.

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Downton Abbey faces opposing perspectives

2019 Downton Abbey focuses on the arrival of royalty at the Downton estate. The main criticisms come from audiences who haven’t seen the TV series at all. Thus, they did not understand anything about what was going on, which led them to be confused and annoyed with the content. There is also a section of the audience who criticized the LGBT storyline of one of the characters. Apart from the critical opinions of viewers, critics have a different take on why there is a big gap in opinions. The opposing party believed her to be bland, predictable and ill-informed. In summary, the film gives viewers exactly what they expect to get, but focuses on viewers who have followed the series.


The greatest strength of Downton Abbey is its appeal to Anglophile viewers and the fact that the film stays true to the series. It also focuses more on the working class than the upper class. It recognizes the importance of the lower class and how important the menial tasks of non-lethal labor can be in dangerous social settings, such as hosting a welcome banquet for royalty. There are also points in the film that generate the reactions seen in everyday life, such as when not to speak and how influential that is. The sense of nostalgia and comfort in the characters’ play helps to promote familiarity and extend the previous aspects of the series that fans truly love. Humor also makes a big aspect of attracting more patronage, which is well known to be a signature trait of Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.


Downton Abbey: A new era is moving towards greater popularity

Downton Abbey: A New Era revolves around a legacy and the keeping of balance books. The dialogue is lacking in some areas, especially when Violet is preoccupied with her witty remarks. There is also a noticeable lack of storylines since the title refers to the film as “a new era”, and the comfort and safety portrayed in the film reflects the charm and nostalgia of the past as opposed to a clear shift to Downton. . It focuses on the warmth of the characters traveling to a new villa after many hardships, as opposed to exploring other subplots with Robert and the leaky roof situation. Some viewers see it and some don’t, earning it lower ratings.


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The higher ratings highlight different aspects of how the film ushers in a new era for the family itself. Mary helps reinforce this by presenting herself in such a way that she is equal to her servants rather than above them, showing the transfer of power in her predecessor’s house to herself. An important element of foreboding that seems to be missed is the leak itself. The location of the leak is between the master’s quarters and the servant’s quarters, implying a rift. In the final scene, there is also a noticeable difference between the servants eating in the dining room and the wealthier people at the buffet. Another indication of the New Era reference in the title is Violet’s actual death. She is the symbol of the previous generation, the icon of what we expected as opposed to what we would now expect.


Downton Abbey vs. A New Era: Which movie was better?

In both films, the cast and crew are mostly the same. There were few changes except for the introduction of new characters for possible future storylines. A detail that reflects the making of both films is the change of directors and producers. Ultimately, assessments and opinions determined that Downton Abbey: A New Era won due to how it is overall received by critics and fans.