James Corden steps in to the shoes of Britain’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts, in the new film One Chance. Corden stars along side the treasured actress Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Colm Meaney of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The film is based on a true story of the life of the opera singer. You’re undoubtedly thinking a film about Paul Potts cannot be very thrilling but it will shock viewers to how many tragic events have happened throughout his life. His life may shock you as much as the first time you heard him sing!
One Chance tells the tale of how an opera singer suffered with bullying throughout his life and battled with self-confidence issues, but through it all overcame his fears and bullies for his love of opera. This was not without a number of setbacks including a burst appendix, discovering a tumour that gives a scare that Paul will never be able to sing again, and getting hit off his bike by a car.
It also tells the story of Paul’s relationships in his life including how he falls in love with his wife beginning on the internet, the struggle he has with his father in not understanding his passion for opera and his love for his supportive mother.
The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me director, David Frankel once again produces a light-hearted, funny and sentimentally touching film, even if it is on the cheesy side.
The film had the cinema laughing at loud in places and holding back tears in others. Nevertheless, One Chance will not be for everyone with its soppy lines, simple narrative and predictable nature. However, this film is perfect for an easy, light-hearted watch on a lazy day.
Surprisingly, behind the flick is Simon Cowell’s label Syco Entertainment that rings alarm bells in heads after the recent One Direction film. One Chance is certainly a different biographical film that actually makes it feel like a story rather than a documentary.
One Chance may not soar to the top of the box office and may be forgotten in a matter of weeks but it is definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for something to watch.
The film is not all opera with Taylor Swift releasing a new song for the film, which features on the credits. You can listen to ‘Sweeter than Fiction’ here.
One Chance is released in cinemas this Friday 25th October.
Stars: James Corden, Jemima Rooper, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook and Colm Meaney.
Director: David Frankel.
Film Classification: 12A.
Running time: 103 minutes.