Come ’n' get it, Downton fans! We’ve got the upstairs, the downstairs, and everything in between. Writer Julian Fellowes and his team have whipped up the ultimate big-screen extravaganza for those who can’t get enough after six seasons of the popular BBC series. Britain’s historic Highclere Castle, otherwise known as the fictional Downton Abbey, hosts a homecoming of sorts, in this luscious self-contained saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their household staff on the eve of a royal visit. It’s 1926, barely a shade beyond the Victorian era etiquette-wise, as these things go at Downton. With King George V and Queen Mary on the way, the clan’s smart and ever-spunky ingenue Lady Mary (Dockery) summons beloved old-school butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) out of retirement to rally the faithful crew of servants, including Mrs. Patmore, Bates, Thomas, Daisy, Anna, and all the regulars. Intrigues and crises take on personal dimensions, and the snooty demeanor of the royal entourage will prove a challenge to upstairs and downstairs alike. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
The Thursday screening is a Movie Club event, moderated by Virginia Heaven, Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Columbia College Chicago.
The Friday (11/29) 2 pm and Tuesday (12/3) 6 pm screenings are Open-Captioned.