‘Downton Abbey’ Returns, With Every Splendid Soap Bubble Intact

Downton Abbey the television series is a tough act to follow.

Downton Abbey the movie does a jolly good job.

Carson returns. And so do we.

It opens in theaters Friday, which means “at long last” for fans who have been teased for three years by the tantalizing notion that their old favorite TV show might become their new favorite movie.