Day 10- Show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
I was convinced that Downton Abbey was going to be a boring period piece that wouldn’t be able to captivate my interest. Was I ever wrong. This show is amazing. Even the second season and some of the crazier plot lines (*cough*Matthew’sinjury*cough*). Why is it so amazing?
Superior acting. I will buy all the things that this crew is selling, they are that convincing. Particularly awesome are Jim Carter as head butler Carson, Brendan Coyle as Bates, and Siobhan Finneran as O’Brien.
The character development. I am a sucker characters that makes me change my opinion of them. When I was first introduced to Lady Mary, I wanted to pitch her off a bridge. She was snobby, arrogant and cold. In the first episode she is told that her cousin/fiancee (it was a different time) died. Most women would at least shed some tears as they donned their black dresses, but not Lady Mary. She was more concerned with whether or not she would be able to inherit Downton Abbey than displaying any sort of heart.
Mary wasn’t the only character that needed an attitude adjustment. Cousin Matthew wasn’t exactly a catch when the show started. Upon learning he is the new heir to Downton Abbey, he (quite rudely) complains to his mother that Lord Grantham will attempt to marry him off to one of the ladies of the house. Where Mary can hear him. Douchebag move? You betcha. He mocked the traditionalist views of his newly discovered family and refused to conform to familial norms.
What a difference a season can make. We get to see romance develop between Mary and Matthew, softening both characters. Matthew becomes very invested in the future of Downton and becoming a full fledged member of the family. Mary allows herself to love Matthew despite his being poor and working a job. Romance.
The Dowager Countess is freaking hilarious, often unintentionally. She is ridiculously uppity and witty, a deadly combination. Maggie Smith’s casting was perfect. She fully embodies the character.
Downton Abbey (the house) is gorgeous. The show is filmed on location at Highclere Castle and it is stunning. The grounds are so lush and green, a person could wander for hours.
The inside is even more beautiful. If I could afford to replicate it exactly, it would have been done the moment I saw it. Especially the library. It’s my favorite room in the house.
The period costumes are amazing. I would wear everything in Mary’s wardrobe, including her mourning dress. I have considered learning to sew so I can recreate some of her outfits. THAT’S HOW GOOD THEY ARE.
The opening credit sequence is beautiful. The visuals are understated and the theme is dazzling.