A Street Cat Named Bob


Review: The true story of the busker and a recovering drug addict James Bowen and how a stray ginger cat transformed his life.
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Actors: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Beth Goddard
Year: 2016
Genre: Biography, Comedy and Drama
Conclusion: 3/5
Based on the international best selling book. Before watching this I had no idea what to expect. I knew nothing about this story. Looking at the movie poster for this I thought it would be a laugh out loud cheap comedy staring somebody like Ashton Kutcher. It turned out I was completely wrong. It was lovely to see a film set in London which is very rare. Luke Treadaway was cast because he can play guitar and sing a bit himself. When he sang all the busking scenes it was actually his own voice. I totally fell in love with the cat. If only all cats were as good natured as this. The actual cat in this is Bob himself. It definitely has a charm to it in which makes it an uplifting story. It is amazing how someone can turn their life around by just having a cat as a friend. The themes that occur in this are perseverance, loyalty, friendship and also justice. There are some really uplifting and yet quite harrowing moments in this. The real James Bowen has a little cameo in this right at the end where the people are getting their books signed. One film critic has called this “a feline good movie!!”


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