A street cat named Bob, a movie review

A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan

(2016) 1h42min / Biography, comedy, drama


An English-made movie about a busker struggling with issues of homelessness, then a stray cat slowly starts to change his life. The movie was made with a budget of 8 million and filmed entirely in London. Also, the story is an adaptation of James Bowen’s audiography. He is a writer from England but, now he puts his time into helping many charities that involve homelessness, literacy and animal welfare.

Bowen and Bob’s public appearances attracted the attention of the Islington Tribune, which first published his story in September 2010. This was read by Mary Pachnos, the literary agent responsible for the UK rights to John Grogan’s Marley and Me, who introduced Bowen to the writer Garry Jenkins. The pair produced an outline for a book that Pachnos used to secure a book deal with the publishers Hodder & Stoughton. Since its publication, the book has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, has been translated into 30 languages and spent over 76 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list in both its hardback and paperback format.

One of the reasons Luke Treadaway was cast was because he can play the guitar and sing a bit himself. That is his actual voice during the busking scenes. You may know this attack from the movies Unbroken made in 2014, Clash of the titans made in 2010 or a movie called Attack the block made in 2011.

They cast multiple cats to play Bob but in the end, Bob played himself for most of the film. The same cat that James Bowen has in real life. The cat is so famous it has its own IMDB page. A lot of the shots in the movie are from the cats perspective and play well into the story.

Despite being a good movie, it did not do well at the box office. After watching the whole thing, I was impressed. One of the best films ever made with an animal shot in most of the scenes. Also, Bob and James are also an awesome buddy comedy. I also give credit to the people/s that came up with all the folk busker music for the film. The tone, lyrics and sound all related to the main characters personal pain. The ending has a happy ending with the end credits tell you that they are now loving it in 2016 and are on to new things. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves cats and a story about overcoming issues through music and cat power.

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