One Chance

Published March 8, 2014

One Chance

Film info

  • Title One Chance
  • Director David Frankel
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Drama, Music, Comedy
  • Tagline The incredible true story of an underdog who never gave up

One Chance is the remarkable and inspiration 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.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:31 Cambodian dictator. How have we never noticed that?
2:44 Not totally convinced by James Cordon’s accent but still fun.
5:21 There must be an etiquette thing about conducting at the table.
6:40 Mackenzie!
9:41 Opening line. “You’re a woman.”
13:30 Julie Walters is actually amazing.
14:32 Loving their scenic walk on the Port Talbot beach.
21:11 So far the best thing about this film is how relentlessly normal it all is.
24:17 You have to have so much courage to get up in front of people who have bullied you your whole life looking like… a marshmallow.
27:29 “I’m calling you from the Grand Canal.” Jeez, I hope he has international roaming.
29:14 You can’t go to Venice and eat Burger King!
36:30 I’m not saying they should have learned to sing opera, but the miming could be better.
44:15 How can you ever come back from a diss from Pavarotti?
49:16 Woah, massive Boots presence! Sponsored or no, I wonder.
55:13 Not a fan of the orange themed wedding.
56:58 Inviting the bully to the wedding is awful!
1:04:36 Mackenzie has taken on so much of Johnny Depp. And all for the better.
1:12:13 Who would think that was a good idea? Here’s how you sounded before, p.s. you can’t do it anymore.
1:16:39 “Your failure to success ratio is spectacular.”
1:27:31 TV within a film.
1:32:43 The mix between reality and film is boggling my mind a bit.
1:37:13 Yay for Venice.


I’ve heard of Paul Potts but didn’t really know the facts behind his rise to fame. I’ve not seen Britain’s Got Talent, having given up on the reality shows after the first few (credible) years. Mostly, this film intrigued me because of James Cordon, could he carry a whole ninety minute story?

Ultimately, this wasn’t a good film. The accents were all over the place, the acting was spotty at best, and it just didn’t hold together very well at all. However, it was a good story underneath and that made it worth watching and sticking with until the end. Alexandra Roach and Mackenzie Crook were the best things about it, but even with them it was still a poorly done Billy Elliot.

Rating: 2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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