The continuation of the highly popular television series “Downton Abbey” is set to come to the masses through a feature-length movie, releasing to theaters this weekend - nearly 4 years after the last season of the show.
The television series had six seasons that ran from 2010 through 2015 was set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926,
The show paid equal attention to the drama amidst both the aristocratic Crawley family as well as their servants in the post-Edwardian era.
It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
The movie welcomes back most of the main characters that people fell in love with or grew to dislike on the television series as everyone prepares Downton Abbey for a royal visit from the King and Queen of England - one of the most important moments in all of their lives.
The visit will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
Hugh Bonneville (“Notting Hill” and “Paddington”) as Lord Grantham; Laura Carmichael (“Madame Bovary” and “A United Kingdom”) as Lady Edith; Jim Carter (“Shakespeare in Love” and “Ella Enchanted”) as Carson; Brendan Coyle (“Me Before You” and “North & South”) as John Bates; Michelle Dockery (“Anna Karenina” and “Non-Stop”) as Lady Mary Crawley and Kevin Doyle (“The Libertine” and “Paranoid”) as Joseph Molesley.
The Tomatometer on the wesite Rotten Tomatoes is the meter to measure the opinion of the critics, and right now it is at 78 percent.
“The big-screen version is still engaging, well-dressed comfort food,” said Top Critic Caroline Siede with the AV Club. “It just doesn’t quite feel like a full meal.”
Directed by Michael Engler, the film is rated PG for thematic elements, some suggestive material, and language.
Other films releasing in theaters this weekend include:
n “Rambo: Last Blood,” directed by Adrian Grunberg and staring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Adrianna Barraza. Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, the film marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
It is rated R for strong graphic violence, grisly images, drug use and language.
n “Ad Astra,” directed by James Gray and staring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler and Ruth Negga. Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
The film is rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language.
The synopsis for each movie is taken from the website rottentomatoes.com.