OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: One Chance. Starring James Corden, Mackenzie Crook and Julie Walters. Directed by David Frankel
Many of us know Paul Potts from his audition on Britain's Got Talent. The audition, which reduced Amanda Holden to a blubbering mess and turned Simon Cowell into the Cheshire Cat, went viral on YouTube within hours and even now continues to get hits.
The director responsible for emotional dramas Hope Springs and Marley and Me, brings Paul's backstory to cinema screens. Bullied from childhood to adulthood by local boys and his father, Paul reverts to a shy and tormented, yet decent man. His life changes when he meets his one and only love, Julz, who gives him the courage and strength to put one foot in front of the other to change his struggles into the opera of his life.
One Chance has some touching moments, especially between Paul and Julz, a few laughs and a lot of heart. James Corden, best known for his role as Smithy in Gavin and Stacey, is entirely convincing, capturing Paul's mannerisms and vulnerability perfectly, but more importantly his passion for opera.
Alexandra Roach (Anna Karenina, The Iron Lady) was a complete standout, lighting up the screen as Julz while Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Game of Thrones) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Mamma, Mia!) are great as Paul's constant support throughout his life.
One Chance is simply delightful. It tells the story of a good natured fella who made it big on reality television and is now living his dream. It will tug at your heart strings and make you feel all mushy inside. It may even give you an appreciation for opera or feed that desire to one day visit Venice. I know that all those things happened for me as the closing credits rolled.
- The Southland Times