A Streetcat named Bob is a film based on the 2012 book of the same name. It encompasses some of my favourite things in a tale [I could have used a really sloppy tale/tail pun, there]: cats and is based on a true story.
James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) is homeless and fighting Heroine addiction when he meets Bob (excellently named by Betty (Ruth Gedmintas), James’ vegan, hippy – dippy neighbour when he gets a flat), the streetcat played by real life Bob (formerly the streetcat but who now lives in the home he and his owner bought with the earnings from their 2012 book). Look out for the real life James’ cameo, too.
I haven’t read the book, but intend to, despite many of the reviews commenting that it isn’t written brilliantly (maybe that’s part of the charm?) But the story is happy, sad in parts and heartwarming. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried (more than once).
In truth I thought parts of the film felt rushed and the acting wasn’t great and Treadaway’s soft aussie accent grated me throughout. Although did really like the music (Bowen busked to make money). But I also can’t get past the real, happy-endings-do-happen aspect of it and also have to bear in mind that this shows what I say all the time (about my cat) is 100% true: cats are, sometimes, better than humans.
If you want something to warm your cockles this winter and you’re a cat person, go see this.