A Street Cat Named Bob (Spoiler-Free) Review

I would not be surprised if there was a spike in the number of people buying orange tabbies and naming them Bob.

For cat lovers out there, Bob is the dream companion we all need!

Luke Treadaway and Joanne Froggatt star in one of the most endearing films of 2016, which is based on the true life of James Bowen. A recovering drug addict and busker, Bowen battles through the process of becoming clean, and who knew that being fundamental to his recovery was not a human’s touch but that of a feline’s.

The film follows the companionship of Bowen and his beloved cat, Bob, who along their journey become a London tourist attraction…well more or less. Roger Spottiswoode directs the film and balances the heartfelt warmness of Bowen and Bob, with the harsh reality of homelessness, drug addiction and loss – it is with this balance that makes the film work.

Do not have high expectations of the film, as the narrative is the straightforward re-telling of Bowen’s remarkable tale, which in itself is enough. After watching a string of high-budget films, with a stellar cast it was nice to just watch a film about a man and his cat. Of course, if you prefer dogs you might see more at fault than my biased admiration for cats allows. But saying that, this is a highly sympathetic tale of one man’s struggles and even if you sit on the other side of the fence when it comes to preferring cats over dogs, the film will still touch you emotionally!

This film is essentially a feel-good story, one you can curl up with a cup of tea and watch.

A Street Cat Named Bob is currently playing at all major cinemas and is based on the bestselling book of the same name, which is available on paperback at all booksellers.


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