Monday, October 27, 2014


One Chance

James Corden,
Alexandra Roach


October 10, 2014

David Frankel

The Weinstein Company

1 hour 43 minutes



Look, there are a lot of these "inspirational true story" films that come out every year, but that doesn't mean they are all bad.  "One Chance" is not a bad film by any means, as it manages to succeed thanks to its engaging story and James Corden's great performance as Paul Potts.  The problem that lies with this movie is that this type of story has been done so many times before that it almost seems repetitive.  David Frankel is a solid director, as shown with films like "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Marley & Me."  It felt to me that he was just making this particular film simply to make it, not to add anything new to the table or to find a way to make it stand out from the rest.  As a whole, though, "One Chance" is charming, sweet, and funny enough for me to give this a solid recommendation to those who like biopic films.  If this film does manage to make people look up who exactly Paul Potts is and how his story continued after the film's conclusion, then it must be doing something right.

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