★★★★ - COMMON SENSE MEDIA
This delightful movie has all the ingredients needed to make a delicious romantic comedy. Falling for Figaro is uplifting and joyful, tugging on the heart strings just enough, while throwing in some mild jeopardy to keep us hooked. Stunning Scottish scenery, a stirring opera soundtrack, and a warm, funny script set the tone for this gently inspiring story.
Danielle Macdonald is perfectly cast as Millie, balancing drive and determination with positivity and empathy, while Hugh Skinner is delightful as Max, struggling with his demons yet full of compassion. Even the fearsome, potty-mouthed Meghan (expertly played by Joanna Lumley) can't bring the mood down. As the bitter former diva, Meghan's intimidating and sharp-tongued, but also strangely likable, giving us glimpses of her softer side. There’s nothing ground-breaking going on here, what with the confident American meeting the self-conscious Brit in a "follow your dreams" plotline. But it really doesn’t matter because the end result is thoroughly enjoyable escapism.
Falling for Figaro is now playing at Light House Petone & Pauatahanui!