So, last night, I somehow stumbled upon the movie, “A Street Cat Named Bob,” and I’m really glad I did.
Here’s the description of the movie from Amazon Prime, and below that is the trailer. “Based on the international bestselling book. The true, feel-good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.”
This was a great movie to watch and it held my attention all the way through. (It was released in 2016, but somehow I missed it.)
Some things I loved about the movie:
•Luke Treadaway is awesome is the main character, James Bowen. His portrayal is funny and sweet and feels very realistic, as he grudgingly becomes very attached to Bob the cat while also battling drug addiction.
•Bob the cat is adorable. According to Wikipedia, Bob actually plays himself in the movie, along with some stand-ins, including Oscar, Booker, Jafffa, Leo, Ricki and Trayce.
•The movie alternates between the points of view of Bob and James; so, at certain points, you get a sense of what life is like through Bob’s eyes. This adds an extra dimension to the movie, helping to make Bob a character instead of a prop, like some animals seem to be depicted in movies.
•Even though the film is about a serious subject, and there are some sad moments and villains (mostly in the form of people who are jealous of James and Bob or just mean-spirited), there are humorous moments, including ongoing encounters between Bob and a mouse.
The movie currently has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon based on 487 reviews, and that’s not surprising to me because it is an uplifting movie based on a true story with a positive message throughout — never give up, no matter how hard things get.
The film is based on a book, “A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life,” which I will very likely be reading in the near future.
By the way, here’s a short news story showing the real James with Bob — a truly incredible cat — before the movie was made: