Based on the true life story and international best-selling book, 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is a moving and uplifting film that will touch the heart of everyone. When London busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) finds injured ginger street cat Bob in his sheltered accommodation, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change.
A Street Cat Named Bob is a heartwarming true story about a guy named James and his cat Bob trying to survive amidst the urban jungle that is London. And let’s be honest here: whatever scene was is – Bob stole the show completely. Although during filming several other cats were used, Bob is the preferred tomcat by a large stretch of a margin. To sum it up: A Street Cat Named Bob comes off as an upbeat drama feature that will move you to tears.
Firs off: A Street Cat Named Bob doesn’t nurture any bigger-than-life conflict(s), nor does something from such proportions would hold true to the films form. Instead, it mostly plays like a feel-good story that a certain bard is reciting around a campfire in order to kill time. The story just happens to be a good one. And for being James Bowen's autobiography, A Street Cat Named Bob hits home on several occasions worthwhile for someone’s time.
The film follows James Bowen, who is a homeless bloke that struggles with drugs, mostly heroin. He and his father Jack Bowen (played by Anthony Head) were then surviving a quarrel that was leaving both of them emotionally devastated. Deep down however, none of what they said and did toward each other was given so much rational thought – so it was only logically that they went their own separate ways.
After which, James became homeless and reached for drugs to find his only solace in life. But, as things in life were growing darker for James in tone, so did a time for a second chance was nearing toward his aura.
Then, out of nowhere, came along Bob– a stray cat whose sheer presence made James feel as if luck has finally struck a chord with his destiny’s strings. As to how and why Bob choose James – to this day remains a mystery even to his owner. But, it seems Bob enjoys the company of James, and together they make the unlikable duo that both Londoners and tourists seem to adore.
One caveat I would mention is James’ added love interest that is just there to provide a counterpoint to the suffering he has been through life. As Luke Treadaway (the actor who portrays James Bowen) sings his way into fame and novelty, Betty (Ruta Gedmintas) starts showing interest in an ordeal that mostly feels forced, if anything. Again, who needs a gorgeous female companion when you have the best looking feline companion? Heh heh.. No? Ok.
Case in point, A Street Cat Named Bob written by James Bowen himself (screenplay credit goes to Tim John and Maria Nation) and directed by Roger Spottiswoode is a sure contender for a guaranteed place in your heart, no matter how cruel or crude your personality may have been beforehand.