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One Chance - Once in a Life

One Chance - Once in a Life

Großbritannien/USA 2013 - mit James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Julie Walters ...

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Originaltitel:One Chance
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance
Regie:David Frankel
Kinostart:22.05.2014
Produktionsland:Großbritannien/USA 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 104 min.
FSK:From 6 years
Webseite:www.onechance-derfilm.de
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If someone had told him a few years ago that his passion for opera would give him a world career, Paul (James Corden) probably wouldn't have really believed it. His father Roland's (Colm Meaney) constant teasing and his classmates' humiliations have reduced his self-confidence to a minimum over the years. But when the shy mobile phone salesman meets the enchanting Julz (Alexandra Roach) and she actually seems to be interested in him, Paul finally finds the courage to follow his big dream. He wants to sing operas himself and perform in front of the great Pavarotti. But after an initial sense of achievement, numerous defeats follow, which continue to destroy this dream. And so it looks like Paul will always be a simple mobile phone salesman despite his talent. But sometimes life writes quite unexpected success stories…

"One Chance - Einmal im Leben" tells the story behind Paul Potts' legendary appearance on the British version of "Supertalent", which also gave millions of people in Germany goosebumps from the Deutsche Telekom commercial. Director David Frankel ("The devil wears Prada") didn't conjure up a typical biopic from the book "One Chance - How the dream of my life came true". Rather, his film is a heartwarming love story and a comedy bubbling over with joie de vivre with a slightly dramatic impact. It's become a movie where you can laugh a lot, but where there are also some very touching goose bumps.

It's especially pleasant that lead actor James Corden doesn't turn Paul Potts into a joke figure or an overstyled, unapproachable superstar. Rather, it gives the singer a deeply warm humanity, which makes him extremely endearing and easily accessible to the audience. Together with Alexandra Roach he forms one of the most likeable pairs of canvases of recent times. Sure, the characters are a bit overdrawn, some moments a bit too clichéd and here and there there there is also too much pathos. But that doesn't change the fact that Frankel has staged a first-class feel-good movie that offers its viewers almost two hours of perfect escape from reality.

The only real criticism that can be made here is the fact that you can already see very clearly that James Corden only moves his mouth to the vocal parts recorded by Potts and doesn't really sing himself. This makes the scenes, which take place in Italy, seem very staged, which makes them lose some of their magic. However, this doesn't change the very positive overall impression of the movie very much. "One Chance - Once in a Life" is perhaps not a masterpiece, not a cinematic revelation and definitely not something you haven't seen very often. But when the familiar is so charmingly, life-affirming and heartwarming, as it is the case here, then it is difficult to be disturbed by the lack of originality. Because the smile and goose bumps you take with you from the cinema are what counts in the end. And therefore applies to all lovers of small, charming love comedies as well as to fans of Paul Potts: Absolutely worth seeing!

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