|Overall Rating : B-|
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
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