James Corden is going to be a big star.
The 36-year-old Brit will soon take over for Craig Ferguson as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show and plays a sizable role in the musical “Into The Woods,” which opens in theaters Christmas Day.
Movie goers can get an advance peek at one of Europe’s best kept secrets beginning Friday as Corden’s latest film, “One Chance,” opens in limited release.
Corden stars as Paul Potts, a small-time cell phone salesman who attempts to hit it big as an opera star. The film is based on a true story as Potts was the first winner of the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition and has gone on to star in a number of top operas internationally.
There’s not really much to “One Chance” that hasn’t been seen in some form or other before. It’s your standard biopic in every single way.
Only one thing makes “One Chance” worth seeing: Corden.
The sweetness and charm he is able to bring to a character lacking in development within the film transcends what is otherwise a routine movie.
Though the film lacks the depth of the surprisingly similar “Julie and Julia,” “One Chance” makes the most out of its 103 minute running time, which doesn’t feel overly long.