Opening 22 May 2014
With One Chance writer Justin Zackham and director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) created a delightful comedy that is very moving but not the least bit sentimental.
The film is based on the trials and tribulations of amateur opera singer Paul Potts, from age 9 until he wins – at age 37 – the 2007 “Britain’s Got Talent” competition and the hearts of millions of viewers. It’s easy to understand why; the music goes straight to the heart. (The wonderful soundtrack includes music performed by Potts). A convincing cast – each character bestowed with a solid sense of (British) humor – grounds the story firmly in a Welsh portside working-class neighborhood: James Corden in the lead, Alexandra Roach as his wife Julz; veterans Julie Walters (Educating Rita) and Colm Meaney as Pott’s parents; Mackenzie Crook as Pott’s boss at the mobile phone shop and the best friend you could wish for. (Carola A)