The story of an overweight, accident-prone, opera obsessive might not read as silver screen magic, but it looks like the team behind One Chance has struck gold in depicting the tale of Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts.
James Corden dons the gnarly teeth to play Potts, a shy, bumbling man, who has spent years being bullied and lives with his parents in Port Talbot. He earns his living working in Carphone Warehouse with his best mate (Mackenzie Crook) but dreams of becoming an opera singer and listens to classical music every moment he can, something his mother (Julie Walters) encourages and his dad (Colm Meaney) bemoans.
After meeting Julie-Ann (Alexandra Roach,) a girl he’s been chatting to for a year online, she persuades him to take his first tentative steps towards realising his ambition by taking part in a local talent show.
There are predictably saccharine moments, although these are kept to a minimum in the hands of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley And Me director David Frankel.
There are strong performances, particularly Corden’s, and the film is feel-good. But just as the sceptics among us wrongly judged Potts, they should be mindful of doing the same with this movie. After all, it’s the story of an underdog and that’s always something to applaud.