One Chance takes a look at the remarkable true story of Paul Potts, the Opera singing winner of Britain’s Got Talent. Not having the best of childhoods, being bullied at school for being both fat and into Opera, Paul Pots has a doting mum who encourages his singing and a rough father who wants for nothing more but for his son to grow some balls.
Pots never quite gets past the shadow of his bullies, who all live in the same town after finishing school, Pots works with his best friend in a mobile phone shop, and after some early success, looks set to conquer the world.
But then a series of setbacks push Pots to the edge and his singing career look like it’ over before it has even begun, and all those years of being bullied for singing, could lead to nothing. But then with the encouragement of his wife, Pots signs up for Britain’s Got Talent, and even though we know what happens, we’re still left on the edge of our seats egging on the underdog.
Sure, it’s pretty much by the formula film that has taken a true story and coated it with so much sugar as to give you the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush induced headache, but at the same time ticking all the right boxes to deliver an emotional, heartfelt story, with a great performance by James Corden who masters the shy, insecure boy from Wales with ease.
This isn’t the kind of film that is going to break box office records, and it may well be more suited to a DVD audience, but there is no denying the fact that you will feel good after watching this film.
Rating: PG Violence, coarse language and sexual references.