One Chance Movie Review


One Chance is an unexpected gem of loveliness and movie-goodness. While it does fit into the genre of underdog-turned-world-renowned-prodigy, One Chance isn’t overtly ambitious in making us root for our protagonist—he’s naturally lovable from the beginning all the way up to the final note.

Based on a true story, this British dramedy follows Paul Potts, an aspiring opera singer, on his ups-and-downs through life. His lack of confidence weighs him down from his typical job as an assistant manager to his performances at night. When a series of misfortunes occur, it seems like there’s no hope in sight for his dreams to come true. However, with the endearing encouragement and support of his wife, Paul gets back on his feet and ultimately, ends up auditioning — and winning — “Britain’s Got Talent.”

While One Chance isn’t a remarkable visionary film, there are so many enchanting quirks hidden inside. The film is beautiful, inside and out. The breathtaking views of Venice transport the audience right next to Paul, with the stunning architecture and maze of waterways. The comedy is also on-point: it’s not knee-slapping comedy, but humorous character interactions. The plot development, albeit predictable, has a nice rhythm, giving enough time for us to get to know each character. I especially loved watching Paul’s beautiful love story unfold. The movie addresses how bullying has such a profound effect in our lives up until adulthood, and Paul’s journey to overcome his shyness is rewarding and inspiring to watch.

This is for ages 15+. There is a lot of unnecessary dirty British slang thrown around, but most of these jokes will probably fly over Americans’ heads.

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on October 7, 2014, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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