Micro review - One Chance - A film worth singing about - 3 stars

Overall Rating : B-
The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- "Britain's Got Talent". imdb.com

Unfortunately this film made it in and out of theatres without much fanfare. I do not think it was even released in the US. If you are looking for an enjoyable and inspiring story, One Chance is, well, worth a chance.

Many may say, 'Opera, I'll pass.' I would answer, 'Give it a go. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.'

There does seem to be a bit of self-promotion in Britain's Got Talent, but it is easy to get past that plug and enjoy Paul Potts' story.

I could have dismissed this as another feel good, rag to riches story, but I enjoyed watching this with my family.  

Direction, Acting & Storyline: 4 stars

James Corden's (Gulliver's Travels) performance as Paul Potts was a joy to watch. When you see the film, you will experience the pain of a tortured man, who is able to rise above his circumstances. Corden is surrounded by a brilliant supporting cast of friends and family, Alexandra Roach, Mackenzie Crook and Julie Waters. 

The backdrop is similar to the Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Within the storyline we see Potts go through his troubled past, the many years of challenges of achieving his dream, and trying to live up to his father's expectations. Nothing exceptionally original, except wanting him to reach his goal of singing opera. 

Visual Effects: 3 stars

Set in modern day Wales and Venice, Italy. The settings complement this biographical tale and do not distract from the story. The final scene where they incorporate the original footage of Britain's Got Talent was enjoyable. 

Family Component: 4 stars

There is mild sexual references and mild language. It might be a bit boring for younger children, but nothing offencive in the material. It is a nice surprise to see a story where marriage and friendship are valued. 

God Component: 2 stars

Outside of the marriage scene and some of the performances in a church. There is no mention of God, but nothing derogatory in relationship to God.

Overall Rating: 3 stars

If you are walking down the DVD aisle, searching through your choices in iTunes or at the local video box, One Chance is worth seeing. It is a feel good story with an interesting twist that will make for a nice evening. Even though it has opera in it.

Written by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews