From the day James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and touched millions around the world. In 'A Christmas Gift from Bob', James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of the toughest times, providing strength, friendship and inspiration; ultimately teaching each other about the true meaning of Christmas spirit along the way.
James and Bob part 2
- A Christmas Gift from Bob review by JR
Anyone who knows and likes cats will know what an exceptional cat Bob was, and how he saved James Bowen's life. This second film sees James and Bob living in a run down flat and portrays the difficulties of James' life in transition from drug addiction and homelessness. James often doesn't have enough money to eat properly or heat his flat. He is assaulted by a former drug dealer, and jealous fellow buskers and beggars maliciously report him to the council animal welfare department. The film's strength is in the portrayal of the challenges of the responsibilities of 'normal' life for people who suffer from childhood trauma and abuse, and mental illness. It also highlights the unconditional support of James' friends; a woman who works at a homelessness charity project, and the owner of James' local corner shop. Luke Treadaway plays the part of James sensitively.
This being a Christmas themed film, there is the obligatory dollop of cheesiness, but it largely steers away from sentimentality.