Now Downton Abbey: A New Era is another dessert whipped up by creator Julian Fellowes. It hits all the marks - costumes, posh dinners, castles and grounds, and some quips from the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). We get to visit with all of our old "friends" and just hearing the lovely tones of Carson (Jim Carter) - our favorite bristling old butler - makes one happy.
In this film, we split time between England and the French Riviera. The countess inherited a villa from an old flame. Questions about her past and fretful moments for Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) ensue. Meanwhile, Downton has been invaded by a film crew. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) puts up with the fuss (and a charming director) because money is needed for a new roof.
All in all, if you are a Downton fan, just sit back and enjoy. You'll laugh, you'll sniffle, and like my matinee (11 am) audience of mostly senior ladies, you will applaud at the end.
P.S. It's awesome being retired and out to the movies on a Friday. Cheers!