The first 'Downton' film pulled off the difficult trick of taking a tv series to the big screen well enough for this sequel to be made, albeit delayed in its release due to the pandemic.
It's a bit of a patchy affair though, with one of the two main plots (the France based one) offering plenty, teasing us with more, and then not really delivering anything.
I much preferred the film crew at the house storyline, and all our old favourite below stairs characters got their moment along the way there.
I'm not sure about this being 'A New Era' as the title suggests - it's more a case of 'same old, same old' in many ways. But it's warm and cosy, and passes the time. The first film felt like one, this is more of a Christmas Special with better production values.
If there is to be a third (and this one does offer some closure to say there won't) you do feel sorry for Matthew Goode, who will return to find his characters marriage on the rocks.
Overall, fine, amiable enough with some nice moments, but perhaps leave it there now.