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Plot: 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". Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 24 Oct 2013
A real movie should entertain you -- with a great story line and a message that touches you; with real acting that allows you to connect with the characters to make you believe them -- make you love them or hate them. It should include real cinematography, directing, editing and music that are like the ingredients of a fine gourmet meal. Each element has its own unique flavor, texture and color, but when put together, the end result is a delectable, savory treat for the senses.This movie was just that. It is a beautiful love story about an incredible couple played very convincingly by Corden <more>
and Roach.Corden did a spectacular acting job. Watching his facial expressions and the look in his eyes during different key points of the plot was thrilling, moving -- at times taking our breath away.If anyone doesn't absolutely love Alexandra Roach in this, there is no explanation. We couldn't get enough of her on the screen. All the cast members did a stellar job. We felt both the beautiful classical and catchy popular music blended in with the already-spectacular film, and worked to make it even more of a top-notch hit."One Chance" is an incredible movie based on a true story, and it was wonderfully and skillfully put together. We can honestly say we wouldn't have changed a thing. It didn't insult us; the filmmakers felt no need to insert anything gratuitous for its own sake, as most filmmakers do these days. It was realistically and tastefully done. It made us laugh. It brought tears to our eyes. It made us angry. It made us cheer inside. Bravo to all involved. It was indeed, a delicious feast. We can't wait to experience it again.
I saw the film One Chance prior to it's official USA opening, at the Aspen Film Festival, where it received enthusiastic applause and cheering from the audience. Although I am a long-time fan of its subject, British operatic tenor Paul Potts, it is not just "good if you like Paul Potts" but really, really good for anyone. Tony-award winner James Corden is excellent as Paul Potts, as is the rest of the cast, and the film is a first-class production all round. It is heartwarming and inspirational--and humorous--as it tells the story of a man who was born with an immense talent but <more>
bullied all his life for being "different." It is full of gorgeous music and full of romance as it follows the story of Paul and his wife, through difficulties--almost unbelievable, except it's true--that almost forced him to give up his dream, until it all came down to just One Chance to make his dreams come true. I would give it more than "two thumbs up" if I had more thumbs!
Having watched the series of Britains Got Talent and remember seeing Paul Potts do his audition I can still see the nervous man walk onto stage amongst giggles and snickers from the audience. Once Paul started singing the hairs on my arms shot straight up and a cold shiver of amazement ran down my back at the magnificence and power of his voice.The film shows most of the life of Paul before going on the show and the hardships he went through still believing in his love for opera and wanting to sing so much.An absolutely brilliant film and well worth the watch as it has a great support cast <more>
with lots of humour, and by the end of the film you'll want to know more about the man from Wales.
Unfairly overlooked little gem (by HillstreetBunz)
This movie came and went so fast, partly I suspect because we've all had our fill of reality TV, on TV! At least we seem to wish to avoid it at the movies. In fact this film is not about reality TV, it's a much bigger and more engaging piece, a real romance,talent and ambition, bullying, and the insidious way people support it, depending upon whose the bully. It's also about drive, hard knocks, mean spiritedness and redemptive love. Excellent performances from the two leads.. Paul Potts life really was leading up to X Afactor before X Factor ever existed...there was always going <more>
Even if you know the end of the story, which I will not reveal, you will enjoy the ride. Paul Potts is a chubby young man who loves to sing, which makes him a target for bullying by one of the young toughs in his school. The bullying is realistically portrayed except for the fact that I do not think Paul could keep ahead of the bullies for that long a run. Small quibble.As Paul grows up with few friends, if any, a doting mother and a tough father, the one constant joy in his life is opera. After he finishes school he gets a job in a cell phone shop with another odd character and they end up <more>
as best friends. His friend plays a trick on Paul and invites the woman to come meet Paul, who has been emailing this woman for a year but has no idea what she looks like or even if she is really a woman. She describes herself as looking like Cameron Diaz, spoiler alert she does not look like Cameron Diaz but turns into the love of his life.He goes through many highs and lows and finally has one last chance to sing in Britain's Got Talent.I loved this movie because it is a real example of someone who could have easily given up on his dream but keeps trying, one foot in front of the other. I found it to be funny, inspiring and at one point even brought tears to my eyes. The supporting cast are all brilliant as well as the actor who plays Paul.
Inspirational, laugh-out-loud British film (by maccas75)
Whether you're familiar with the story of Paul Potts or not, this movie will ensure you're feeling good by the end of it.It's a satisfying story, made all the more powerful by the two strong leads; James Corden and Alexandra Roach, portraying Paul Potts and wife 'Julz'. MacKenzie Crook provides many laughs as the character of Paul's friend, Braddon, successfully leaving me nervous to ever enter a mobile-phone store in Wales.Alexandra Roach's performance almost steals the movie. Her role as Paul's supportive wife, Julie-Ann, made me feel we all could do with a <more>
little Julie-Ann support in our lives. The warmth, unwavering support and belief shown by her character will make you fall as madly in love with her as Paul Potts himself.James Corden successfully captures the hilarious and almost hard-to-watch awkwardness of Paul Potts while also giving an authentic, believable portrayal of Paul's impressive talents.One Chance is a well-made, easy-to-watch, triumph over adversity tale in which we can all take a little bit of inspiration from."One foot, then the other".
If you were ever bullied as a kid...this movie is for you (by mjorgensen62-40-114257)
Other reviews for this movie from "professional" reviewers all point out how shallow this movie is when it comes to showing the feelings Paul is having at the various things that happen to him throughout his life. This may very well be the case. But this movie was not made to be a Doctoral Thesis on the effects of bullying. Rather, it was made to show how, once a young man becomes a coward in his youth, it is almost impossible to overcome later in life. The scene in the alley when the chick comes to his rescue with the guitar shows how, as an adult, Paul could only get the <more>
barest semblance of rage at his life-long tormentor, even though he had all the reason in the world to go ballistic. After losing his voice, he was unwilling to take a chance at being ridiculed by an audience, so he almost didn't even fill-in the form for Britain's Got Talent. He almost didn't go on stage several times . There must be a lot of kids getting bullied in England for their love of opera. Just this year, there was another case -- Lucy Kay -- who went through the same torture. She finished second, and has been signed by Simon Cowell personally for one of his labels.Yes, this movie will not win an Oscar -- or even play in any American theaters -- but you need to see it. If you bullied fellow school mates when you were young, you might want to go find those now-grown-up kids and apologize. If you were bullied, this movie will inspire you.
What a beautiful, beautiful movie, what an amazing story, and what an amazing man. I was hesitant to watch it at first, I read some reviews before I watched it, all positive, but even when I started watching, I didn't expect it to be this good! Boy, am I glad I decided to watch it, it honestly just made my day. I really loved it. It says "comedy" in the description, and I thought it would be more of a drama, but this man's life sure had funny moments. It's funny, heartwarming, and plain inspiring. There are some goosebumps-moments in there. The main actor did a splendid <more>
job, half way through the movie he started looking like the real Paul Potts, that's how good he is. The director did a fantastic job too. All-in-all, it's a fun watch, even if it's not your type of movies, you'd like it. It makes you think, how a simple everyday man's life, can have so much adventure, and so much to be said about it. It's a story about a dream, about following that dream, and about reaching that dream.So what's with the 6-star rating? VERY underrated.
Very enjoyable musical biopic comedy (by neil-476)
Paul Potts grows up in Port Talbot, Wales, ridiculed for singing opera. He turns out to have a terrific voice and this film tells his story from childhood through to winning Britain's Got Talent, encompassing his family, girlfriend/wife, assorted tribulations and, yes, his job working for Carphone Warehouse.Despite my disliking some of his work the witless profanity in Zombie Lesbian Killers comes to mind , I recognise James Corden as being a very talented bloke, and his portrayal of Potts as a likable, vulnerable, accident-prone chap, ordinary in every way except for his extraordinary <more>
voice, is very good. He has some excellent support, of course - Colm Meaney as Dad and Julie Walters as Mum are as classy as one would expect, and relative newcomer Alexandra Roach, as Paul's girlfriend/wife Julie-Ann, is a delight - her on-screen presence lights up much of the film.The cinema was full of people of a Certain Age - this is an undemanding true -ish story with no bad language of any consequence - who clearly enjoyed the film greatly, and laughed a lot: it is often very funny.My only criticism - and it isn't that major - is that it is quite clear physically that Corden isn't actually singing. Otherwise, this light and amiable film was very enjoyable and had a lot of something which is all too often missing from modern movies - heart.I'm not sure how well it will travel internationally.