Downton Abbey Binge Watch Season 4

Season 4

Episode 1

O’brien leaves unexpectedly. Everyone is a little shocked. Rose said she knew about her wanting to go travelling.

6 months have passed since Matthews death.

There’s a new Nanny in town looking after the babies. Thomas runs into Nanny West and she talks down to him which he isn’t happy about. He later reports that the nanny may be endangering the children. Clra hears the Nanny talking nasty to the child so sacks her.

Moseley has no-one to look after with Matthew gone so is worried about his job. He goes back to. Lady Crawley to ask for his old job back. Lady Violet is there and says she will keep him in mind. She goes to see him. Lady Shackleton is coming to the house and her Butler is retiring so says its a chance for Moseley to impress. Spratt is Lady Shackleton’s butler and he isn’t impressed with Moseley bring brought in. Spratt tries to infiltrate him whilst Lady Violet is singing his praises.

Lord Grantham mentions that is Lady Crawley wants to see Baby Sybil, she needs to come to the house.

Rose puts an advertisement in a local shop window.

Mrs Crawley cannot get used to the loss of her son.

Carson receives a letter. He acts strange. When he leaves, Mrs Hughes reads it. She later goes to a workhouse. She meets a Mr Grigg who had written to him.

Daisy receives a valentines card from someone. She thinks it’s from Alfred. But Mrs Patmore sent her it as she knew that she wouldn’t get one from Alfred.

Bates and Anna receive cards too that are unsigned, presumably from each other.

Edith goes back to London and meets Editor Michael. They are together now. He asks whether she would go to Germany with him on a writing trip if he moved out there.

Ivy goes to the pub with Jimmy and gets hammered. Alfred announces that he sent he the Valentines Card even though Jimmy is letting her think it was him.

Edna turns back up looking for the ladies maid job. She gets the job. Mrs Hughes isn’t happy. She only wrote a good reference because Branson asked her to.

Mary holds it together until she finally breaks down on Carson’s shoulder. He gives her a pep talk. She eventually gets back into the business of the family.

Mrs Patmore struggles with a new bit of kit that Daisy can work. She worries that she will be left behind by the younger staff.

Episode 2

News comes that Gwen (the girl who left to be a receptionist) has gotten married.

Anna cautions Edna about Thomas who showed her no time previously but is doing in her new role.

A box of things from Matthews office arrives at Downton. Lord Grantham goes through it first. He finds a letter. It was a letter that he intended Mary to be his sole heiress. Lady Violet tells him to show it to Mary but he doesn’t want to. Violet says it’s because he doesn’t want to share the estate with Mary.

The letter gets read to the family. It states that he wanted to write a will but didn’t have one and because the baby would be a baby he left everything to Mary. Lord Grantham states though that it’s not a legal will.

Grantham begins to call out Mary’s thoughts on the business that she doesn’t know anything about.

Thomas starts to plot against Anna now… Because what would a series on Downton be without Thomas being a prick?

Anna and Moseley both comment on Bates being a little too nice. It turns out that he is forging a letter that showed Moseley lent him £30. He is doing it to help him out.

Rose takes Anna to a dance hall in York. Jimmy follows them in. Rose dances with a local guy. Jimmy asks Anna. Rose pretends she works at Downton as she dancers with a farmer. Another guy wants to dance with her and a fight breaks out.

Branson shows Mary the farmlands.

Lord Grantham comes to talk to Bates about Anna and what he has heard ultimately from Thomas.

The farmer turns up later and asks to speak to the maid Rose. Thomas is confused but Anna intercepts. She goes to tell Rose. She gets Rose dressed up in a maids uniform. She manages to tell him that there’s someone else to get rid of him. She kisses him, knowing that she fan never truly have him.

Legally the letter from Matthew stands.

Episode 3

A party is arranged at Downton for the weekend.

Mrs Patmore has a moment in the kitchen with a suspected heart attack.

Mary gets asked out for dinner when she is in London.

A cardsharp takes a lot of money off the guests but Michael manages to win a load of money back from him, much to Lord Granthams pleasure.

Lord Gillingham’s valet Green sexually assaults Anna in the kitchens whilst everyone is listening to their guest singing. Mrs Hughes wants to tell Bates but Anna begs her to not say anything as Bates will get himself in more trouble.

Episode 4

Mary is ready to go to London. Cora wonders if she will meet Lord Gillingham.

Thomas catches Branson talking to Edna about them hooking up before. That’s his new scheming set then!

Anna is asked to help Rose whilst Mary is in London. She also won’t let Bates near her. He is worried.

Lord Gillingham comes back to Downton and asks Mary to marry him but she can’t. He eventually asks for a kiss to remember her by

Episode 5

Baxter is the new ladysmaid that Thomas suggested. She tends to Cora.

Baxter brings an electric sewing machine to the house too.

Alfred gets word through of a cookery test at the Ritz. He cooks and presents to the family. They love his cooking.

Carson suggests setting Moseley on.

Evelyn Napier comes to Downton. Remember him from season 1???

Bates takes to Mrs Hughes and says he has to leave because Anna no longer loves him. She tells him what happened at the house party. He now knows who it was but Mrs Hughes says it’s an outsider who broke in. She swears on it.

Bates asks Anna and she says it wasn’t Green too. She is protecting him from getting sent down again.

Alfred gets notice that he didn’t make it into the Ritz. Jimmy is happy.

Lady Violet has a knife go missing. She blames the young gardener Pegg.

Bates vows to Mrs Hughes that he will find out who did it to Anna.

Episode 6

Napier is coming to Downton again soon.

There’s a surprise party for Lord Granthams birthday. Rose is secretly preparing a band. I expect the party won’t go as planned.

Alfred gets into the Ritz eventually. Daisy is upset.

Carson is pressured into asking Moseley but he says he has been given the chance.

The Bates’ go for a meal but get told they don’t have a booking. Cora is there and manages to get them booked in.

Edith receives a letter from the doctor telling her she is pregnant.

Ivy and Jimmy kiss. He tries it on but she has none of it. Daisy kicks off when Ivy says Alfred would have never been like that.

The band turn up to Downton. Rose is super excited but the fact the singer is black initially caused a little bit of confusion before everyone accepts it and dances along.

Branson is ready to call it a day but Lady Crawley seemingly talks him into staying.

Mary catches Rose kissing the singer in the servents area.

Episode 7

Lord Grantham is summoned by Cora’s mother. He doesn’t quite know why.

Mary talks him into taking Thomas as Valet instead of Bates.

Lady Violet is not feeling well…. Oh nooooooo.

Alfred is doing well in London. He will be popping in at some point.

Violet won’t see the doctor.

Rose is seeing the singer.

Edith is planning on having an Abortion but when she gets down to London she bails out.

A politician comes to York for a speech. Branson goes to listen to him talk

Green comes back to Downton and Anna sees him. Bates looks at him oddly and Mrs Hughes leaves the room. Will Bates realise? X

Episode 8

It’s Season 4 finale time. What is going to go down? With Green back and Bates getting closer to figuring things out….

Anna tells Mary about Green. She says that she is worried Bates will realise and attack Green with the consequences him being hung.

Isobel offers to take Edith to Switzerland with her to cover up the pregnancy.

Green is a little cocky whilst around the dinner table with everyone. It’s all a little awkward.

Mary gets told about Rose’s relationship. She says she will marry him and looks forward to seeing her mothers face.

Gillingham heads off. Mary asks how he feels about Green but leaves it at that.

Alfred’s father has died. He has asked Ivy to marry her but she has declined. Oh I hope he sees Daisy as a potential partner.

Bates asks Carson for the day off so he can go to York….. Hmmmmmmmm.

Rose asks if she can go to London with Mary but she won’t let her.

Branson runs into Sarah Bunting, the schoolteacher he sat next to at the speech.

Mary turns up at the club where Mr Ross is set to perform. He says he will not be getting married to Rose. He knows how people will react to her and him together. He loves her and wants her to be happy.

Mary talks to Gillingham without telling him exactly why he needs to fire Green.

Carson mentions Bates took his time in York. Anna asks what he was up to but he is a little cagey……

There is a summer bazaar in the Downton Gardens. Mary speaks to Rose who isn’t happy with her.

Lord Grantham returns from abroad with Thomas. He says he didn’t make much difference over there. He says he has missed Bates, with Thomas being his man whilst Way.

Everyone is so happy again…… Its absolutely going to go tits up shortly…. I expect Green is dead…..

Alfred is at the house too looking for Ivy. He understands that they are just friends. He then asks for Daisy. Daisy is with Mr Mason on the farm having a picnic. He sends her back to the house to say goodbye to Alfred. He says he will take her back…. Could they get their happiness?????

Gillingham is at the Bazaar… He wants to talk to Mary. He tells her that Green is dead. He fell into the road and died. He asks Mary why she wanted him sacked.

Mary goes to speak and tell Anna. Anna is relieved. She suspects Bates.

Jimmy can’t hit the bell on a fair game. Moseley does it and wind the affection of Baxter. Thomas starts chatting to her again but Moseley whisks her away.

Daisy gets back and sees Alfred. He says he could never see her affections. But she says that she loved him but it’s passed now. He leaves with a basket of food that she brought him.

Anna hangs around for Bates. She asks him what he was up to yesterday. She doesn’t tell him.

Episode 9 – The London Season

It’s summer.

The house and servants are going down to London.

Edith is back from Switzerland having given the baby girl up for adoption.

Madeline Alsopp, a friend of Rose’s introduces Rose to the Prince Of Wales.

As usual Branson stays at the house but he doesn’t want to trouble the servents. Thomas isn’t happy.

Cora’s mother (with no maid) is in London with her son Harold (played be Paul Giamatti). He was the one who ran into some trouble that Grantham had been over to sort out earlier.

Gillingham is there too. Blake is hanging around with Mary but with Gillingham there it could mix it up.

There’s a fun triangle going on with those now.

The cardsharp Samson knows Madeline’s Dad.

Branson is showing Sarah around the house. Thomas is there too….scheming.

Sampson steals a letter written to Rose by the Prince Of Wales.

Rose is presented at Buckingham Palace.

Lord Grantham hatches a plot to get the letter back by distracting the cardsharp and forging their way into his flat.

Thomas tells Lord Grantham about seeing Branson in the house with Sarah.

Mary, Rose and Blake get into the room as the card game takes place.

They don’t find the letter… But then Bates realises the guy would have had it in his pocket at all times. Bates pickpockets him as he helps him on with his coat… Samson then realises he has lost it.

It’s revealed that Bates was in London at the time of Green’s death.

Mary learns that Blake is set to become one of the richest men around when he gets his inheritance.

Edith is set to go over to Europe to bring back her baby but to bring the child back as a secret with Mr Drewe.

All the servants spend the day down at the beach.

Ivy takes a chance that Daisy won’t take to go to America to cook for the Levinson.

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Downton Abbey Binge Season 3

Season 3

Episode 1

Plans are in place for the Matthew/Mary wedding.

O’brien knows someone who may be ideal for the footman job at the house.

Lord Grantham has to go to London for something that seems a little secret. The family have lost a lot of business though an investment in Canada. Most of Cora’s inheritance has now been lost.

Brandon and Sybil return. He doesn’t quite fit in properly but does his best.

Matthew finds out about his ex’s inheritance he was named on. He stands to make a lot of money if the last heir cannot be found.

The Grey family is coming to stay. The son of the family, Larry, used to be keen on Mary.

Brandon gets drunk afyet he gets his drink spiked and rants at the dinner table. It gets revealed and everyone turns on Larry after Sir Anthony exposes him. Edith admires him even more for it.

Bates has a little bit of aggro with his cellmate.

Mary and Matthew get married.

Episode 2

The married Matthew and Mary return in a brand new flashy car.

Lady Violet isn’t enjoying the fact that Cora’s mother is still at the house. She asks Mary to attempt to ask her to help the family out with money as she is absolutely loaded.

She is also not happy with Edith dating the older fella. Edith invites him to dinner though. Lord Grantham writes to him and tells him that he is not enough for his daughter. Edith is heartbroken but begs her dad to let him back. He agrees.

Mrs Hughes finds a lump on her breast and goes with Mrs Patmore. The Doc is worried but it will take months for the results to come back.

Mary is still confused as to why Matthew won’t accept the inheritance money he is due.

Thomas is setting up the new footman for another fall. He causes him to damage some shirts on purpose. O’Brien realises. She plots to bring him down… Because a miserable O’brien is a happyh O’brien.

Mrs Hughes kicks off with Carson when he moans about the staff.

They send for Moseley. Lord Grantham let’s Carson know they won’t be getting any more staff anytime soon.

Cora is up for downsizing the house and the grounds by selling and moving but Mary is having none of it.

Lady Crawley is running a refuge for prostitutes. Ethel turns up looking like she needs their help after what happened with her child.

Thomas “loses” all Grantham’s dress shirts. He has to wear another one and everyone is ribbing him about it.

Bates is being intimidated by his cell mate but threatens him back aggressively. He plays on the fact he is in there for murder.

Episode 4

Edith’s wedding is coming but the finanicial problems hang over the house.

Thomas tells Moseley that O’brien is leaving. Moseley brings it up with Cora who didn’t know anything about it obviously. O’brien finds out and is obviously not happy, but then when would she be happy?

Matthew meets with the Lawyer with the death certificate.

A letter turns up from Lavinia’s father that said why he was added to the inheritance. Its clear now that he is fully entitled to it. He agrees to tell Lord Grantham abouy it after Edith’s wedding to the old guy…something is telling me that this isn’t going to end well.

Sir Anthony bails out just as the wedding starts. He doesn’t want Edith to throw her life away with him. Lady Grantham says it’s for the best but Edith is heartbroken.

Matthew talks to Lord Grantham, saying he will give him the money. Lord Grantham says that instead of giving him it, he should invest in the house and they can keep it all together.

Daisy clearly likes footman Alfred but it’s clear he like Edith.

Mrs Hughes gets the all clear

Episode 4

Carson has advertised for a new footman.

Edith tells her grandma that she is a bit bored at the house. She gets told to find something to do.

Anna get a promotion when a new maid will be set on. But she is upset as she hasn’t heard from Bates for a while.

Branson turns up soaked at the door. Something has happened but the family are entertaining so he doesn’t want to interfere. He hides out until later. He has been involved in some civil unrest and protests that he has had to run away from. They got out of hand and he didn’t want to be involved.

Ethel’s baby daddy’s parents show up with some money, especially with Ethel now prostituting herself. She turns down the money get still let’s them have Charlie.

Carson interviews a new footman. Everyone seems very taken to him (well the ladies do). He is called Jimmy. He will be trouble

The guards hadn’t been giving Bates his letters. He writes a reply to every one of them.

New kitchen maid Ivy starts just after Daisy was about to talk to Alfred but he clearly likes the new girl.

Episode 5

Cybil is getting ready to have her baby.

The prison guard and Bates’ cellmate are plotting against him.

Bates thinks he has the ticket out of prison now.

Matthew is worried that he is infertile following his inability to get Mary pregnant.

Anna tells Lord Grantham about hearing of Bates’ potential freedom fight.

Edith gets granted a column in the newspaper following her letter to the Times.

Mrs Bird, the cook at Lady Crawley’s residence refuses to work with Ethel because of her previous prostitution work. Lady Crawley lets Mrs Bird go then.

In the kitchen, Daisy likes Alfred, Alfred likes Ivy, Ivy likes Jimmy and Jimmy is giving nothing away… That’s not gonna get awkward at all!

Alfred doesn’t like how Daisy is being with Ivy so he causes something to Curdle, then helps Ivy recover it so Daisy has to. Start admiring her.

Bit of Doctor on Doctor action when the family Doctor Clarkson is worried about Sybil and the baby, but Sir Philip, a doctor hired by Lord Grantham, says everything is OK. Clarkson gets Cora involved. Clarkson wants Sybil to go to the hospital for a C-section.. The family decide that the decision lies with Branson. Cora is on Clarksons side. Grantham is on Sir Philips side.

Carson finds out about what has happened with Mrs Bird.

Ethel is trying new things in the kitchen that’s mixing things up a little.

Sybil stays at the house and gives birth to a baby girl. Sir Philip is looking a little smug. Sybil is tired.

Everyone is happy about the new arrival.

Thomas is chatting to Jimmy a lot, being touchy feely, but Jimmy doesn’t like it.

Sybil is in a lot of pain in the middle of the night. Sir Philip can’t believe it. Clarkson was right.

Sybil dies 😭😭😭

Cora blames Lord Grantham

Episode 6

It’s the day of the memorial.

Cora and Lord Grantham are still not talking.

Branson announces that he wants to name the baby Cybil and that she will be Brought up a Catholic.

Mrs Bartlett changes her story that will be the one that gets Bates off.

Mrs Patmore allows Ethel to cook a meal for the family, but Carson flips out about it and tells Lord Grantham. Grantham kicks off and tells the women of the family who are dining. They all stick by her.

Mary isn’t happy with the plans that Matthew has for the house.

Ivy is putting makeup on, which Mrs Patmore doesn’t like.

Thomas continues to touch Jimmy against his wishes.

Bates gets a reprieve and can come home.

Doctor Clarkson admits that even if they had listened to him, then it was likely she would have died anyway.

Episode 7

Bates is released.

Edith heads to London to see about the column she has been invited to write.

Ivy is taken out by Alfred.

Thomas is stewing on liking Jimmy more after O’brien stirs things with him. He goes into his room late at night and kisses him as he sleeps. As he does, Alfred comes into the room and Thomas pretends they have a thing going on.

O’brien pressures Alfred into reporting the behaviour to bring Thomas down.

Brandon’s brother Keiran comes to town. Feeling more at home downstairs he hangs with the servants but then Branson gets him upstairs and sorts him out with a job.

Sybil is baptized with Mary as Godmother.

Episode 8

Theres a Cricket Match coming! The House vs the Village.

But more importantly, Lady Violet’s Great Neice Rose turns up…. The lovely Lily James 😍😍😍🌹❤️❤️❤️

Carson asks Thomas to resign and he will. Give him a decent reference.

O’brien tells Jimmy he needs to speak out in order to defend his own honour, when she knows that if he does it will likely lead to Thomas’ dismissal. She tells him that people will start to think things about him if he doesn’t

Moseley is excited to be on the House team for the cricket match.

Lord Grantham tries talking Branson into playing cricket but Branson says he has never played before.

Jimmy goes to Carson demanding he gives Thomas the bad reference, threatening the police.

Matthew wants to accompany Edith to London. They are all staying with Lady Rosamund.

Rose is clearly up to something when they are down there.

The newspaper editor is clearly hitting on Edith.

Bates and Anna are getting their marital house in order.

Rose goes out partying in London. Edith, Rosamund and Matthew go see her at the club. Matthew tells her she needs to be careful cavorting with married men.

Mary and Matthew both go see the same doctor about fertility. They bump into each other. Mary has had a small operation on the side. It was her problem that they couldn’t conceive.

Lady Violet overheads Rose and Edith talking about London.

Everyone in the kitchen is asking questions about the Thomas and Jimmy situation.

Brandon and Matthew are looking to expand the farming business but Lord Grantham isn’t happy with it.

Edith is prying into her editor’s private life.

Bates talks to O’brien to get her to talk Jimmy out of his thing against Thomas. He threatens O’brien with letting the Secret out about O’brien and the soap from Season 1.

She talks to Jimmy about it. Jimmy speaks to Carson.

The house cricket team are still 2 men down. They try to talk Branson into playing. Thomas will also be playing at Lord Granthams request.

Ethel gets a job in a house near where her Son is now staying.

Edith tells the editor that she knows he is married and that she has handed in her resignation. He says his wife is in an asylum.

The cricket match finally arrives. Thomas smashes 100 runs.

Bates tells Anna that he was told to tell O’brien about “her ladyships soap” although he doesn’t know what it means.

Lord Grantham promotes Jimmy to first footman.

York police turn up. Alfred has reported Thomas to the police. Grantham intercepts and speaks to Alfred to get him to drop the charges.

The house win the cricket match.

Episode 9 – A Journey To The Highlands

The family are going to Scotland on holiday to visit Rose’s parents. Some of the servants are staying at the house whilst some accompany them up.

Mary is 8 months pregnant.

A new delivery man turns up. Its that bloke who is in everything that’s set up north. He starts flirting with Mrs Patmore. The kitchen girls love it. She eventually gets asked on a date with him to a fair.

Alfred was hoping for some time off with most people away but Carson puts them to work polishing the silver.

Branson bumps into servant Edna in the pub. It sounds like there’s a story about to start there. She asks if he is ashamed of who is he and why he won’t eat with the rest of them when he is the only one left in the house.

Doctor Clarkson is seen hanging out with Lady Crawley. Another storyline about to start there.

All the men go hunting for stag in the Highlands. Rose’s father admits to Grantham that him and the wife do not get along.

Bates and Anna go for a nice picnic by the river.

Branson comes to eat with the servants. He eventually ends up kissing Edna but they know they can’t be together now.

Thomas takes a beating for Jimmy after a tug of war contest.

Mary goes into labour on her return. After what happened with Sybil everyone is a little worried. She goes to the hospital.

The baby is born…. Its a Boy!!!!!!

Finally a heir to the family fortunes! Wooooohoooooooo!

Matthew and Mary are all loved up.

A nice happy ending to the Christmas Episode.

Back in the house everyone is excited to see the baby.

Matthew is driving back to the house and is in an accident with a delivery truck, crashing and dying.

Oh nooooooo 😭😭😭😭

Utterly heartbreaking and the second time this series that they have had outright tragedy!

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Downton Abbey Binge Season 2

Season 2

Episode 1

War is here. 1916.
Matthew Crawley is in the trenches. He writes home to say he has met someone he wants to marry.

At Downton, O’brien is as sour faced as ever.

William is helping Lord Grantham in Bates’ absence who has lost his mother. Grantham gets called back into the army. William wants to fight for his country.

Branson is helping Edith learn how to drive.

Lady Violet Crawley seems quite perky with life.

Carson is overworking himself.

Sybil receives a letter telling her someone she knew is dead and wants to go to York to train as a nurse but first helps out Mrs Padmore in the kitchens before leaving for York when an opportunity opens up. Branson drives her up before confessing how much he likes her. She can’t say it back to him.

Ethel is a new servant played by the lovely Amy Nuttall 😍😍😍. O’brien sends her upstairs to the drawing room whilst all the ladies are there, to cause her some embarrassment.

Edith breaks the news to Mary about Matthew coming to Downton with his new Fiancee. Mary seems to be interested in a Sir Richard Carlisle but when everyone leaves, she breaks down to Anna. This meeting with Matthew ain’t going to go too well is it?

Matthew turns up with Lavinia Swire, his fiancee who immediately comments on how grand everything is.

Two women cause a scene by branding William and another cowards at a concert.

Bates returns. His wife had reappeared and his inheritance will pay for the divorce. Bates wants to marry Anna. He is ready to plan a life with Anna….. Then Mr Bates’ wife turns up, threatening to expose Anna’s part in the cover up of the Turk’s death last season! 😯 Bates is blackmailed into going back with his wife leaving Anna heartbroken. Wow.

Mrs Hughes overhead everything that happened between Bates and his Wife though… She tells Carson.

Mary gives Matthew a little toy that is her lucky charm for when he is out at war on the promise that he bring it back…. Hmmmm.

Daisy kisses William who is thinking of going to enlist.

In the trenches, Thomas turns up as a medic (yay! Everyone is back!) , bumping into Matthew. Thomas purposefully gets his hand shot so he can be sent home.

Lady Crawley gets Mr Moseley to put his name down to enlist. Moseley makes up news of his lungs being dodgy to avoid it.

Lord Grantham has received a Colonol position in the army but thinks he is going to war but he isn’t. Carson then tells Lord Grantham about how Bates took a fall to stop the name of Downton falling but he wouldn’t tell him why.

Episode 2

William leaves Downton to go speak to his mother, ready for his medical, leaving Carson rushed off his feet. He is excited.

Mrs Padmore’s nephew has been presumably killed in action and it turns out he was killed for being a coward.

Moseley is acting strange around Anna, giving her a book and wanting to spend time with her alone. He later tells her that he would like to see her but she explains she is still in love with Mr Bates.

Edith starts helping out at a local farm… 100% gonna end up falling for a lowly man…and she does, kissing the farmer but being seen by his wife is not going to go down well, so much so that the wife cancels Edith’s employment.

Thomas returns to Downton with a hold through his hand.

Jorah from Game Of Thrones turns up as Sir Carlisle, the owner of a few newspapers and the object of Mary’s new affections. He wants to marry her but Mary isn’t sure. She knows he isn’t in it for love but more for the business side of things.

Carson is completely run off his feet. A new servant Henry Lang is helping out but causes Carson more stresses leading to him having a funny turn. It’s revealed Lang is suffering from shell shock.

Thomas is hit by the suicide of a fellow soldier in the hospital.

Sybil’s hospital moves to Downton. But Lady Crawley as Head of the house forbids it, yet Cora says its her house now and she says it will go ahead.

Episode 3

Branson gets called up but declares he will be a conscientious objector. He then finds out he has a heart murmur which won’t let him serve anyway.

Downton is to be turned into a hospital. Cora is talked into letting Thomas be in charge of it all by O’brien, who still feels guilt over costing her the baby lady season.

Lord Grantham isn’t too keen on the idea of giving up his house. Cora isn’t happy either with the plans. Lord and Lady Grantham want to allow a family friend to be transferred there but it gets shot down before Lord Grantham puts his foot down. There is also some concern about the dog (called Isis) not getting into the areas with the injured soldiers.

Matthew turns up as he is touring the area.

Anna heard that Bates is working at a local pub. She goes to meet him. He has found out about his wife cheating on him so can divorce her properly.

Branson is going to attack the general but is stopped at the last moment.

Daisy and William get engaged.

Lord Grantham asks Matthew to take William as his footman in the war.

Episode 4

Downton is set to put on a show! The wounded soldiers are going to put a concert on to raise spirits.

William is now in the trenches with Matthew… I can’t see this ending good.

Mrs Padmore and Daisy bump into Mrs Bird running a soup kitchen for soldiers in town.

Notice gets to Downton that Matthew and William went missing when they headed out.

Mrs Hughes catches the Major in bed with Ethel who then is fired.

Lord Grantham sets Bates back on to help out through these hard times.

Matthew and William return! YAY!

Ethel is pregnant!!!!!

Episode 5

Time moves forward a little.

William and Matthew are injured when they go “over the top” of the trenches. Both survive but with leg damage and lung damage its not great news. Both are brought to Downton.

Ethel has had her baby and wants to meet the Major at Downton.

Matthew breaks the news to Lavinia that he has essentially lost the use of his todger because of the blast and can’t truly marry her.

Dodgy newspaper guy Sir Jorah from Game of Thrones strikes up a deal with Bates’ wife Vera about her story about Mary in order to protect them.

Jorah from GoT puts it in the papers they they are now engaged.

William says he needs to marry Daisy because he is dying and needs to marry her so she can get a widows pension.

The ceremony goes ahead and that evening William passes away. 😭😭😭

Episode 6

Following Williams passing, Matthew feels bad.

A Canadian comes to Downton. He knows Edith. He claims to be their long lost cousin Patrick who drowned on the Titanic…causing all the uproar about the inheritance in the first place….£10 bet he isn’t….

Sir Jorah of Iain Glen offers Carson a job if he buys a house locally with Mary. Carson wants to wait to see what Mary says first…Mary agrees to buy the house with him. Wa

Carson catches Mrs Hughes helping Ethel out.

Obrien, in typical sour faced fashion listens in on Bates and Anna planning to run away based on the fact that due to a few things he speaks about with his lawyer, the divorce from Vera can’t go through.

Lord Grantham meets the Canadian, noticing something odd he does. He clearly has his doubts…. That £10 is going to be safe.

In fact, I have a feeling old Newspaper Mogul Sir Whatshisface from Game Of Thrones is behind this.

The war is Over!!! Woohoo.

Lady Crawley and Lady Violet speak with Cora. Crawley says that she cannot run Downton anymore herself.

Sir Newspaper threatens to ruin Mary if she gets in his way.

The Canadian disappears with a letter left for Edith signed P Gordon… But is it Peter or Patrick????

Carson tells Lord Grantham he will be leaving but not until a replacement is found.

Bates received a telegram. His wife is dead.

Episode 7

The hospital has now left Downton with the war now over. Matthew remains at the house but Cora is worried about Mary.

Lord Grantham is meloncholy about the war in general..

Ian Glenn (Sir Richard) turns up to try to get Anna to work for him, spying on what Mary is up to. She refuses him.

O’brien is sour faced about Thomas now the war is over. Never known a woman look lie she has been sucking lemons as much as that miserable cow. Thomas is going to work on the black market.

Sir Richard pulls Anna into a room. He wants to know more about Anna before they wed.

Carson decides to not go with Mary and Sir Richard to the new house.

Holy hell! Lord Grantham kisses the new maid Jane. Wow.

Oh my god! Matthew suddenly gets up from his wheelchair when Lavinia trips up and falls. He manages to stand straight up…i have a feeling he might have been lying all this time!

He then announced he will be marrying Lavinia.

Sybil tells Branson she wants to travel with him.

Ethan storms into the house with the baby when the Major’s Dad is around the table with the family. He says she needs to prove his son who died is the father.

Thomas gives Mrs Padmore some of his goods, looking for money. She will pay if she is happy.

Sir Jorah is pushing Mary for a marriage date. Mary asks why he went after Anna. He thinks she is still in love with Matthew but she says she can’t love someone who loves someone else.

The ingredients Mrs Padmore gets aren’t right. Thomas wrecks the stores. He has been fixed up good and proper. He has lost all his money.

Bates talks to Anna about marrying her.

Mary notices Sybil isn’t in her room. Anna gets the keys and there’s a note left for the family saying she has eloped to Gretna Green.

Must be the marriage episode!

They chase them down and Mary talks Sybil into going back and not making a mistake and to do it properly.

Jane threatens to resign over what happened but Lord Grantham is having none of it.

Episode 8

Sybil wants to tell the family about her engagement to Branson. He turns up and they have to announce it. She wants to move to Dublin with him.

Lord Grantham ain’t happy with it and tries to forbid it.

Ethel’s baby-daddy’s parents want to see the baby.

Cora isn’t feeling too good at the same. Time that Moseley isn’t too. She retires to her room.

Lavinia isn’t well either, neither is Carson!

Oh god! Spanish Flu got mentioned earlier in the episode.

We are going to lose someone soon aren’t we?

Mary dances with Matthew. They kiss. Lavinia almost catches them.

Jane chats up Lord Grantham and they disappear off together, kissing, they are almost caught by Bates which makes him reassess what he is doing and says its not fair on her.

Cora has gotten worse whilst Grantham was gallivanting. O’brien is feeling bad and wants to tell Cora something about last season’s “accident” she caused.

Ethel’s baby’s grandparents come to see the baby. They want her to give the baby up to them.

Lavinia realised Matthew still loves Mary. She heard them talking, dancing and kissing. She says she thinks they shouldn’t get married anymore.

Sir Richard comes to Downton again, worried that is Lavinia dies, Mary will want Matthew.

Thomas starts to help out in the kitchen again.

Anna tells Mary that she was planning on marrying Bates that week. Mary let’s her go.

Cora worsens. The doctor says that if she lasts the night, she will live.

Lavinia dies.

Anna and Bates get married. Awwwww.

Jane leaves Downton. Lord Grantham gives her some money to help her family.

Grantham lets Branson back.

Bates gets arrested for Murder.

Episode 9 – Christmas at Downton

Let’s hope this is a cheery one.

Nigel Havers turns up as Lord Hepworth. Half expecting him to con everyone like he did in Coronation Street. He has lost most of his fortune.

Sybil writes to say she is pregnant.

Sir Game Of Thrones ain’t happy that Mary talks to Matthew a lot. He starts pushing for a marriage date.

It’s Bates’ trial for murder of his wife by poisoning. He gets sentenced to be hanged. The worst part is, the servents ball gets cancelled! Doesn’t rain but it pours!

Thomas locks Isis the dog in a cabin in the woods. But then later can’t find the dog he was going to use to garner favour with Lord Grantham. The dog turns up and he still manages to turn it into his favour.

Anna says she will go with Mary if she goes to new house.

Sir Jorah is threatens Mary with the stories he knows of the Turk being released. He then winds up Matthew about Lavinia not loving him. They fight. Sir Jorah is sent away, leaving Mary.

A telegram arrives. A reprieve for Bates. Life imprisonment and not a hanging.

The Servants Ball is back on!

Nigel Havers gets caught dicking another woman. Rosamund ditches him.

Anna decides to stay on at the house.

Matthew and Mary get back together!!!! Merry Christmas everyone!

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Downton Abbey Binge Episode by Episode

Season 1

Episode 1
So here we go, finally inside Downton Abbey. One of the most talked about shows in years that I have never actually watched a single minute of.

Will I enjoy the period drama of the century?

The Titanic has sunk, taking the lives of the heir of the family. Mary, Lord Grantham’s daughter was meant to be marrying the guy who died but that means there is now no heir to the wealth…or something like that… Lord Grantham is worried about that but at the same time sets on his former war pal Bates as his valet, much to the chagrin (first time I have ever used that word by the way) of the rest of the serving staff who want him out… They almost do get rid but Grantham has a change of heart at the last second.

The young lad servant Thomas aint happy as he wanted the job and they are all trying to bad mouth Mr Bates (childish snigger) to the family in order to make him look like he’s not up to the job.

An Earl turns up and wants Thomas to be his aide whilst there…which seems ominous. He has served him before… There’s a story there…… And there it is, they are having a relationship

The Earl also has some history with Mary previously, but then when he realises there’s no money in it, needs another plan.

Not going to lie… I quite enjoyed that… It had plenty of recognisable faces in it too… Her from Rita Sue and Bob Too, her from every show set up North, her from Harry Potter, her from Game Of Thrones and loads others I recognised.

I think this might actually be quite good!

Episode 2
The Crawleys come to Downton.

I love Maggie Smith. Her scathing remarks are amazing as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (that’s not going to get boring to type at all….). Literally speaking her mind and not giving a single shit.

The Crawley son is the heir to the fortune and thinks he will start being attempted to be married off to one of the Grantham family in order for the money to stay in the family. He also doesn’t particularly like the servant and master lifestyle he has to now become adjusted to. He soon realises that Moseley, his butler is unhappy at being left out so he starts to praise him and allow him to continue his duties as his man.

Mrs Crawley throws herself into nursing in the hospital.

Mr Carson is seen knicking apples…its later revealed his ex stage partner Charlie has turned up. They used to perform together as the Cheerful Charlie’s haha. Love it. Interesting though that Lord Grantham suggests that everyone has something in their past… I expect that may come back eventually.

Then we see some kind of historic episode of Casualty as a rudimentary operation goes ahead in front of everyone in the hospital. Luckily no-one dies. Mrs Crawley is appointed a spot on the board….which she is happy to take as a swipe at Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, who is really not happy

Mary is exchanging letters with some posh guy somewhere.

Episode 3

Her from Game of Thrones who told Jon Snow he knew nothing is seen posting something secretly at a post office. She has bought a typewriter to allow her to get another job as a secretary. “What’s wrong with being in service?”

Evelyn (the posh guy Mary is writing) is hunting in the local area and is invited to Downton. The hunt arrives in town.

Bates goes to get a Limp Corrector. He asks what it does…. And gets told it corrects limps! Classic Downton!

Carson later reveals he has invested in it and is struggling with the pain of the pins into his legs so he lobs it into the lake.

Edith gets friendly with Matthew.

Thomas gets friendly with Kemal, the friend of Evelyn. Also though Kemal doesnt like it awkwardly.

Kamal tries it on with Mary but she is having none of it. He is persistant though and she gives into him before announcing that she has found him dead to servant Anna 😯. Mary and her mother and Anna move the body but get seen by Daisy! Shit is really going down now!!!!

Evelyn realises that Mary and Kamal had something going on.

Things have certainly picked up on old Downton!

Episode 4

Downton Fair is coming… Hold the phone… Its obviously all going to go down at the fair!

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham is concerned that Mary’s problem is that she is too preoccupied with the whole scenario regarding finding a heir. This is before she has a fight with a swivel chair 😂

Mrs Crawley spots a problem with Moseley’s hand. She diagnoses something to fix it but the Dowager later realises it an allergy to a herb, allowing the Dowager to have another swipe at Lady Crawley.

William is about to ask Daisy to the Fair but Thomas jumps in and asks her first… Told you shit was about to hit the fan around this fair… I am half expecting another person to turn up dead… Later in the episode, Mr Bates walls up Thomas for showing William up. Mrs Patmore tries to talk Daisy out of swooning over Thomas, trying to tell her that he is gay before giving up.

At the fair, Matthew talks to Mary about the Dowager’s proposal whilst she was wrestling the chair earlier.

Mrs Hughes bumps into a guy called Joe at the fair (that bloody fair!). He is an ex who she never married. He is widowed.. The sly dog. He gives her all the charms and wins her a horrible little toy on a hoopla game. To be fair it still looked nicer than anything I have ever won at a fair! He says he will be staying at the pub until he hears from her… Which will be a long while as she makes. The decision that he isn’t for her…. The ultimate Downton Friendzoning.

Anna feels unwell so doesn’t go to the fair (which is probably a good thing or she would have ended up married to someone by now).

Lady Sybil is starting to talk about women’s rights…. That will definitely be a big storyline down the line. Personally I can’t ever see women getting to vote…..

Episode 5

Daisy feels uneasy in the room where she knows that Kamal died with Mary. Everyone is wondering what is the matter with her.

Lady Sybil pushes Her from Game Of Thrones (Gwen) into starting her own women’s revolution by going for the job. She goes to the interview in a new frock that makes her look like Mary bloody Poppins. They get stranded in the middle of nowhere when Dragon (ironically not a dragon, but a horse) loses a shoe. They eventually get back. Anna has been covering for Gwen.

Mr Bates catches Thomas nicking a bottle of wine. Mr Carson tells everyone later that, shock horror, one of Lord Granthams snuff boxes has gone missing. Mr Bates looks shifty… He has it. Anna suggests he gets it and they can either slip it into Thomas’s belongings or O’briens. They both realise that it’s likely they were framed. Bates keeps the box and puts it back, knowing he taught them a lesson.

There is a Flower Show coming to town. Holy shit… How does this town cope with all these activities going on. It leads to Violet Dowager of Grantham and Mrs Crawley….you know what, I am just going to call Maggie Smith Mrs Grantham from now on…. It leads to Mrs Grantham and Mrs Crawley to go head to head again. They have great chemistry in screen. I love it. Mrs Crawley has a go at Mrs Grantham for always winning the prize for the best flowers at the show, but Mrs Grantham insists they always choose the actual best flowers and she isn’t just given the award.

Mrs Patmore drops a chicken on the floor and blames Daisy. A cat licks the chicken. They put the chicken on the serving plate for the family…. Brilliant!

When dessert gets served, Mrs Patmore puts salt on the dessert instead of sugar… Again blaming Daisy… Where is this going?

Oh…. She is going blind. That’s quite sad.

Mary doesn’t like that Edith was courting with Sir Anthony at a dinnerparty so wades into the discussions to ensure she is seen as the better sister.

Anna reveals she loves Mr Bates… Well, That came as a bit of a shock. He basically Friendzones her too. Although he is like twice her age…the fool

The flower show voting comes to a conclusion and the winner is……… Mrs Grantham!!!! But she announces the winner as Mr Moseley! She does have a heart after all.

Edith pens a letter to the Turkish ambassador…. Uh-oh!

Episode 6

Sybil is at a voting rally, arguing her point, driven there by Branson. Lord Grantham finds out about it and kicks off. I expect he will eventually come around to the idea. She manages to lie about another trip with Branson and dupes him into letting her to a by election vote count but it all kicks off when some Labour guys turn up and cause a ruckus, leading to Sybil getting hurt. Matthew is there and Mary realises that Sybil and Matthew might care for each other. Mary mentions to Matthew that she thinks Sybil has a thing for him before they start kissing.

Carson has received a letter all linked to the Turkish minister. Cora intercepts if from him, Knowing what she already knows. Cora tells Mrs Grantham everything about how she helped too.

Mary reveals she was proposed to but needs to come clean to Matthew about the death of the Turk in order to move on.

O’brien and Thomas plan to get Bates out by bringing it up the missing wine with Carson before Bates can. There’s loads of skullduggery leading to Carson calling a meeting. Bates won’t give up the fact that he knows Thomas stole the wine. Bates confesses that he cannot drink because he was imprisoned as a thief and was a drunk years ago and won’t now touch a drop.

Thomas and O’brien vow to get Bates out though still.

Sir Anthony turns up with tickets to a concert and invites Edith who is loving the idea.

Bates and Anna almost kiss…… Almost!

Episode 7

This is it…..the entire 1st season in one post-work evening…. That’s 6hrs and 8 minutes straight.

And this episode begins in June 1914, just before the first World War. There’s news of an archduke being murdered…

Cora announces she is pregnant…..her having a boy would change EVERYTHING! Matthew Crawley will no longer have a right to the money…and the engagement… Well, who knows?!?!?

Mary reveals she isn’t ready to say whether she will marry Matthew yet. Mary then meets with Evelyn, the hunter from earlier who was friends with the Turk who died when he was with Mary….uh-oh!
He has come to clear his name about the word getting out about Pavel. He tells her it came from Edith!

Thomas and O’brien show Carson a letter they have about Bates. It’s a latter from a maid in his former job. Carson has to show it to Lord Grantham. It is about him stealing Silver. But when Carson is speaking to Lord Grantham he doubts that Thomas’s intentions are legit. Lord Grantham questions Bates about it.

Lord Grantham agrees to give Matthew the Crawley House if he gets pushed out of its a boy he is having. Mrs Crawley isn’t happy

Mrs Padmore has another accident in the kitchen. Mrs Bird, the cook at the Crawly House is called upon. Mrs Padmore. Is. Called to the library. She is really apologetic. Lord Grantham has arranged to send her to an eye specialist. Anna is to accompany her.
Mrs Padmore is to show Mrs Bird around the kitchen but she obviously isn’t happy about it because they work differently.

Daisy, annoyed by Mrs Bird shaves some soap into a cooking pot.

The telephone is being installed at Downton too. The installer mentions he needs a secretary. Sybil overhears and realises this is perfect for Gwen. He receives her application but says she doesn’t have any experience. Sybil eventually organises an interview.

Matthew isn’t happy that Mary hasn’t given him an answer, thinking she is only stalling because of the baby. Mrs Crawley is outraged, knowing that it’s obviously come from Mrs Grantham.

With war coming, Thomas is starting to plot how to not be a footman anymore and how to. Avoid going to war too. He wants to go work with the Doctor.

Anna, whilst in London goes to the army post of Bates’ last job. She finds out about his theft and pretends to be a relative to get the address of his mother. When she goes to see her and asks why everything seemed odd it gets revealed that the original thief was Mr Bates’ wife. He took the blame because his head was all over the place from the war. Anna speaks to Lord Grantham and tells him what she was told.

Edith is confronted by Mary who confesses to writing the letter, calling Mary a slut in the process…… Such a heathen!!!

Edith reveals to her mother that Sir Anthony is about to propose to her.

Mrs Crawley and Mrs Grantham have a head to head about Mary’s intentions.

Moseley catches Thomas messing with a jacket. Moseley reports to Carson.

Everyone eats the food that Daisy put soap into. She gets caught out. Mrs Bird forgives her for being loyal to Mrs Padmore.

When Mrs Padmore returns, her and Mrs Bird find some common ground and start to get along.

Carson keeps playing with the new telephone.

O’brien isn’t happy about the prospect of being pushed out by Cora. Whilst Cora is having a bath, O’brien moved a piece of soap into position so Cora will slip on it and fall as she gets out of the bath. She is about to go back and move it, but Cora gets out and slips and falls and unfortunately loses the baby….. A boy! 😢😢😢

Thomas comes in all obnoxious, not caring about what has happened upstairs. William ends up fighting with him after he has a swipe at his dead mother.

Wow

Now there’s a Garden Party in the grounds.

The Doctor has got Thomas in as a doctor in the army and gives him his papers.

The phone rings. Branson answers and Gwen has got the job as the secretary.

Sir Anthony is looking for Edith but Mary mentions that she was hiding from an Old Bore who was going to propose. Outrageous behaviour from her sister there.

Edith can’t understand why he leaves so early before figuring it out.

O’brien does her best to help Cora, more out of guilt before finding out that they were never planning on getting rid of her in the first place.

Moseley asks Bates is there anyone in Anna’s life and Bates says there is, someone who is very keen….

Matthew is set to leave Downton because of Mary. Mary realised she messed up everything.

A letter arrives for Lord Grantham.

He looks shocked.

England is at War with Germany!!!

AND THERE WE GO!

I think I am hooked!

Season 2 begins tomorrow!

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Downton Abbey… The Binge Begins

I have never seen an episode of Downton Abbey…and with the movie of the series about to hit Cinemas, and my Mum moaning she has no-one to go see it with, I have taken the crazy decision to binge watch the entire thing just to see if it is actually as good as people make it out to be.Let’s see how this goes…Tea at the ready…

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Aquaman

DC finally get it right, oh so very right!

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Aquaman splashed onto our screens a while back, but I have just had the chance to go see it myself…and I am glad I did.

DC has struggled recently. Batman vs Superman was laughable in places, Wonder Woman was a shining light, Justice League was shite. So how was Jason Momoa going to fare in his second outing as the land-dwelling, water-dipping, ripped-torso’d Arthur.

Well I am pleased to say that this film is absolutely everything I wanted it to be. Big, bold and beautiful. You have Momoa glistening and smouldering in equal measures, Amber Heard channelling her inner-Ariel, and Patrick Wilson Conjuring up a tidal wave of hatred…see what I did there?

The film had everything, enough back-story that it didnt feel drawn out, some phenomenal set pieces, and plenty of Screen X footage to make that extra £3 worth every single penny.

Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman are thrown into the mix too to bring everything together wonderfully…even if I was expecting Nicole Kidman to be named “Martha”….

If you haven’t seen this film yet, get yourself to the cinema. IMAX, Screen X, whatever you need to see it in…it’s well worth the effort and hopefully you won’t be disappointed either.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477834/

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Welcome To Marwen

Steve Carell goes serious (kinda!)

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Marwen, a doll town set up in the back garden of Mark Hogencamp (Carell), a man who was horrifically beaten by a group of men for being different. He was beaten that bad, that he lost all memory of everything from before that night.

Based on a true story, I am not entirely sure how much realism is lent to the story of the troubled soul that is Mark Hogencamp. The true story goes that Mark used to be an illustrator, but the only way to get his art across when he couldn’t draw anymore was to turn his hand to photography, using dolls and his World War 2 minature backdrop. And this is where Director Robert Zemeckis takes the biggest leap. We get to see the dolls like they were real life action heroes. We see motion-captured versions of Steve Carell’s Mark (known as Cap’n Hogie) and all of his Marwen’s girls.

Its a very difficult film to explain. It’s ultimately Steve Carell playing with dolls, which come to life and the lives of the dolls mirror that of Mark and his surroundings, expanding on the real life world to show emotions and story between the lines of what we are shown.

Just go watch it…I loved it. There’s some nice little nods to Back To The Future in there too, which is always more than welcome!

Overall : 7/10

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3289724/

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The Favourite

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Fresh out of last night’s Golden Globes and a win for Olivia Colman in the “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy” category (catch that ain’t it?), I went to see The Favourite in the cinema this evening.
 
Now…I haven’t really followed anything much about this film from the off, so I was going into it fairly blind and fresh…which I think was absolutely the best way to approach what can only be described as a strange film.
 
First and foremost, Olivia Colman absolutely deserved to pick up the Globe for Best Performance in…(see above). She has been one of my favourite actresses for a while, having never actually seen her in that much. From Broadchurch to Murder on the Orient Express, we find Colman here as Queen Anne, a frail and gravely ill queen in 18th century England, a time when the country was at war with France and political interest was high.
 
In her frailty, Anne’s friend and lover Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the kingdom when she cannot. But when new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) comes onto the scene, and threatens to steal the attention of the Queen, a game of one-up-manship begins between the two suitors.
 
Having gone into this fairly blind and not knowing what to expect, the style of the film instantly grabbed my attention. From sweeping camera shots, to a wicked sense of humour which is often funny and sometimes tragic, there’s a real sense of unease about the whole production.
 
The casting is spot on, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are believable yet daunting as the ones aiming for the Queen’s affections.
 
There’s a big sense of realism about the film with the location shooting, adding a proper sense of prestige to the proceedings. You genuinely believe you are seeing a gout-ridden Queen laid on a bed surrounded by gold and elaborate wall tapestries and suchlike.
 
At the same time however, I found myself unsure whether I was watching something brilliant or massively flawed. There’s a very fine line and I feel some will walk out of it utterly repulsed at wasting 2 hours of their life, where others will come out singing it’s praises.
 
I really enjoyed it, but it’s not without it’s flaws, which are just too much to lurch this into true Oscar territory for me.
 
Some great performances, and a half-decent story, but ultimately let down by some of the shooting style and storytelling.
 
Overall – 6/10
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Bumblebee – Film #110

Transforming greatness, or buzz off?

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The Transformers films have been a bit of a guilty pleasure since they first launched in 2007 (yeah I know there was previous OLD films but I wasn’t a massive fan of the cartoon).

Dumb action, massive robots fighting on earth…what’s not to like. They also always included some of the best special effects around…the amount of work it must take to get all the moving parts into position is crazy!

So here’s the first Transformers Origin story, starring the real hero of all the films…Bumblebee.

As the one who can’t talk who communicates only using music and speech from the radio, Bumblebee was always going to be a fun character to visit and here’s where it culminates. Early doors we are shocked to hear Bumblebee’s ACTUAL VOICE…before he suffers in battle and loses that as well as his memories.

He crashes on earth and transforms into a VW Beetle before eventually being found by 18 year old Charlie played by Hailee Steinfeld. She fixes him up and befriends him, whilst the military and some Decepticon bounty hunters come looking for him in order to find out where Optimus Prime is heading.

This film is really well done. The way that portions of the film are filmed with Bumblebee not being able to communicate other than using physical movement is brilliant as you can still fully read his emotions. It also explores enough of the relationship between girl and car to make it believable.

John Cena is basically playing John Cena….so he is more than acceptable here without having to stretch himself too much. He will never make it as big as The Rock but he is alright trying.

Its a great addition into the series and one of the better films amongst some duds.

3.5/5

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Mary Poppins Returns – Film #109

Practically Perfect in every way, or a nanny too far?

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Mary Poppins is back. The classic from 1964 has been watched time and time again by this film fan and the songs are as much in my musical vocabulary as many of my other favourite songs.

So when I heard that there was a new Poppins film coming out, the worry was real. How could they take one of the most beloved childrens films ever and remake it? Well thankfully they didn’t do a remake…they made a sequel with Emily Blunt stepping into the role of the magical nanny.

Faith was restored…but I couldn’t help stepping into the cinema on Sunday with trepidation. Was the ethos of everything Poppins about to be ruined.

This film is pure magic!

What they have done is taken characters that we all know and love and moved them forward a few years. Jane and Michael are grown up. Michael has three kids and a dead wife. He’s struggling to make ends meet and is about to lose the Banks house that everyone in the family grew up in. And in comes Mary Poppins to help out in the way that she can do best, by whisking the kids away on a fantastical adventure of wonder whilst teaching them life lessons along the way.

I found myself smiling almost immediately as the film started and the only time I wasn’t smiling was when I was crying. Yeah I cried at Mary Poppins Returns. It’s sentimental and lovely all at the same time. There’s some amazing cameos too, which are just phenomenal to see.

Then there’s the songs…done so well and fitting into the Mary Poppins world perfectly. There was only one song I wasn’t a massive fan of where Mary went all Cockney, but the story of the song was very fitting…it just felt a little strange to have Mary acting like a cross between a Pearly Queen and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was fantastic as Jack, the lamplighter, effectively taking up the Bert role from the original. His story is that he was actually an apprentice of Bert when he was younger.

I keep using the word magical but there’s really no other way to describe this.

4.5/5

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