“You’re the captain now,” he tells her, when deciding on whether to let the movie folk intrude on their palatial home.
Some past developments have closed certain doors. Edith (Laura Carmichael), to cite one example, after her past struggles, is a less fertile source of drama now that she’s happily married, and rightly so.
Yet there are still plenty of subplots to explore, from Daisy (Sophie McShera) and her cramped living situation to the complicated Barrow (Robert James-Collier), who has found his bosses more accepting and enlightened about his being gay than the early 20th-century world at large.
As time passes, the sense that it’s time to retire this cast and this iteration grows stronger. Having begun the story before World War I, there’s always been the lingering question of what awaits this aristocratic family and those in their employ as the second World War, and the conditions leading to it, come into view.
Whether intended or not
, if this were to represent a final visit to Downton in this form
, it would actually be a nice place to leave things
— all but the heartless should expect to shed some tears
— with the pragmatic understanding that even with Fellowes moving on to “L'età dell'oro,”
“Abbazia di Downton,” the franchise
, is too attractive a piece of real estate to let go untended for very long
Seen that way, it’s possible to thoroughly enjoy this latest chapter in the “Abbazia di Downton” saga and come away feeling like it’s an appropriate place for Fellowes and company to let “The New Era” serve as a proper sendoff to the old one.
“Abbazia di Downton: A New Era” premieres in US theaters on May 20. È classificato PG.