And, of course, you can count on Smith (the “Harry Potter” movies) and Carter (“The Good Liar”) nailing their laugh lines, the latter offering an obvious but fair criticism of the French and the former delivering an all-time quip late in the proceedings that we certainly won’t spoil.
Some things have changed by the end of “A New Era,” but the majestic home on the Crawleys’ Yorkshire country estate still stands. So while this could be the last we see of the family on the big screen, we’re not betting on it.
And, despite the imperfections of these two films, we’re not hoping for that, either.
‘DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA’
2.5 stars (out of 4)
MPAA rating: PG (for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements)
Running time: 2:05
How to watch: In theaters Friday
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