One Chance is an autobiographical comedy-drama about Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Directed by David Frankel (director of The Devil Wears Prada), this sentimental tear jerker might be dismissed as a promotional tool considering it is produced by ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ honcho, Simon Cowell. While it might be for promotion it is nonetheless entertaining. Whether or not you have been following Paul Potts’ career is inconsequential as his portrayal by James Corden genuinely makes you appreciate Potts’ rise to fame.
The film begins with Potts’ difficult childhood. He suffered extensive bullying and was considered eccentric because of his love of opera. In later years as a cellphone salesman living with his loving mother Yvonne (Julie Walters) and disapproving father Roland (Colm Meaney) he suffers from lack of confidence and many setbacks prevent him from reaching his goal as an opera singer. Despite this he never loses a desire to perform. Paul’s girlfriend Julie-Ann encourages him to study opera in Italy. While there he meets his idol Luciano Pavarotti. He fails to impress Pavarotti, leaving Paul distraught and with even less confidence than before.
As the years go by Paul abandons singing until financial burdens compel him to enter ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This aspect of the film is actually the last part. The story deals mostly with Paul’s years before the show. The film is genuinely funny, and helps to balance the sentimental, predictable nature of the script. It is a heartwarming and a surprisingly well done biographical adaptation. A stellar cast also adds depth and interest to a simple and enjoyable film.