One Chance (2014)
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From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain's Got Talent' and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 'One Man, Two
Oct 10, 2014 Wide
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"A sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills."
The problem with the film is that Paul Potts's life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder.
An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.
Yes, this plays as sentimental and inoffensive as a winner's first record, but it's also packed with genuine heart.
For a movie about reaching for the stars, One Chance sets its sights curiously low.
There's really no suspense in this bright red bucket of sap. We know what happens to our unlikely hero on a professional level: He gets famous.
One might wistfully wish for something more earthy in tone (that is, more Brassed Off than The Full Monty). It's great fun, though.
It's mush all right, but it's not whether something is mush that matters, it's how well it's done. And this is very well-prepared mush - purified cornball, if you will - served up with a terrific central performance by James Corden.
The film will appeal to those who love such British underdog stories as The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Billy Elliot.
I'm not dissing the achievements of Paul Potts but this is a formulaic exercise in "feel good" cinema that fails to recreate this inspirational tale.
Driving the entire film with supreme confidence and effortless presence is a parallel star-is-born story: the performance by James Corden.
A hero's journey on an operatic scale, One Chance brings together a wonderful, beneficial cinematic storm of a great story, superbly cast & performed and directed with exactly the right balance of heart and tension
One Chance has, for the most part, more wit than sentimentality. Formulaic but moving.
A mostly warm-hearted, gently humorous film that will one day play very well on TV.
For all its feel-good intent, the film is ultimately generic and dispiriting.
[The] "feel-good-or-die" story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts's rise from Carphone Warehouse obscurity to opera-belting fame.
The film breezes much too quickly through pretty much every aspect of his life, as if producer Simon Cowell had designed it to be a fill-in episode of one of his many talent-based shows.
The film does have its pleasures. Roach is warm and convincing (with a proper Welsh accent) and the script occasionally sparkles.
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