In 2007, Paul Potts (Corden) stepped onto the stage to audition for a new TV talent show called Britain’s Got Talent. His pre-audition interview showed an awkward, shy and nervous man who was sorely lacking in confidence. My heart still breaks when I watch it……but then again, I am a big sook. Once on stage, the 3 judges were visibly dismissive of this paunchy, clearly nervous middle aged man.
Then he opened his mouth to sing and the rest, as they say, is history. This is his story.
Paul was always a shy boy who was bullied mercilessly as he grew up. His father (Meaney) wanted him to get a job at the local steel mill. At least I think it was a steel mill. His mother (Walters) was more tolerant of his dreams to sing opera and supported him all the way. He worked at the local mobile phone and entered the odd singing competition. At one stage he travelled to Venice to study opera and was ultimately selected to sing for the Master himself Pavarotti.
Along the way he met and married the gorgeously perky Julie (Roach) who, although pragmatic about the need to make a living to pay rent, also encouraged Paul to follow his dreams.
I am not sure how true this re-telling is but Paul seems to stagger from one disaster to another. Of course, there is more than enough of that quirky Brit humour to keep the audience engaged and laughing and that is just as well because the movie does occasionally drift off into ‘oh seriously…..not again’ territory.
But having said that, I have always found this particular rags to riches tale quite lovely. I think it is the sight of this man, so bullied and lacking in confidence, standing before a huge TV audience, singing to judges who were paying him little attention about to bare his soul. Then that voice. In that moment, as the crowd rose to its feet and cheered and clapped and clapped and cheered, Paul was vindicated. A superstar had been born.
Potts went on to win the contest and not long after, sang for HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
I took my mum along to see this one and she loved it. It really is a ‘take your mum along ‘ kind of movie. It has heart, love, humour and a gentle giant who defied the odds to live out his dream. It may have been a bit mushy but aint nothing wrong with that. This is a must see for everyone who loves seeing the underdog triumph.
Love Flick xx
Director : David Frankel
Starring : James Corden, Mackenzie Crook, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Jemima Rooper, Colm Meaney, Simon Cowell
Running Time : 103 minutes
Release Date : 28 November, 2013