I’m still not (and may never be) sure how Julian Fellowes can deftly balance 137 different characters and almost as many storylines over the course of two hours, but dammit if the second ‘Downton’ feature doesn’t top even the first film (and maybe the series as a whole). It’s a brilliantly written and marvelously acted film that gives Downton fans everything they could ask for and more. Funny, heartbreaking, and rich with twists and turns, it’s a true gem.

4.5/5 stars