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Plot: Based on the international best selling 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. Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 18 Nov 2016
I Dare You To Leave The Theatre Unhappy After Watching This Gem. (by david-78697)
As an avid cat lover I was always going to enjoy this movie. And as a person who myself suffered an addiction, and am in recovery, I totally related to the Lead Character in every way. Whilst dealing with the subject of addiction is a very difficult issue to cover, I thought this movie covered it well. Highlighting the lead character's isolation,, detachment from the outside World and people in general........and the redemption he found by meeting Bob, a wandering cat, who just happened to enter his life.The touching story line that involved the developing relationship between him and Bob <more>
was beautifully told. The cat made him smile again, gave him a reason to live. His social skills with people were not good but with the cat, he became stronger and happier as each day passed.This was a wonderfully uplifting film I related to on so many levels. Excellent acting, and Bob the cat. was the best of them !
Incredibly touching and heart warming story (by abigailm789)
This film was one of the most heartwarming films I have watched in a long while. Although the cat is the main focus of the film, it is more than just about a cat. This film also makes you consider the homeless community in London and how the drug culture on the streets is not something to be ignored. It also aids a good understanding of heroine on the streets, and the recovery process in becoming clean. This film allows a better understanding of how just because someone is homeless, it doesn't mean they are hopeless; sometimes all they need is help, guidance, and a friend along the way, <more>
human or animal. The film also made me reflect on how we are so affected by animals and how having animals in our society helps us come together and understand each other better. Although some scenes made me angry, it also promotes awareness of how the homeless are shamed and how humans in general behave around the less fortunate.
Great production, very good acting, directing, and beautiful story line. A wonderful entertainment, probably G or PG rated, with no foul language so likely suitable for children and especially for cat lovers.I saw this movie on the last day of limited-release showing in Nevada, USA. It tells a moving story of a person at the bottom of civilized life homeless, addicted to heroin, sleeping in an alley or such in any weather, with no money for even food beyond a day or two and his chance meeting with a stray and badly-injured cat. He senses a kindred spirit and spends the last of his valuable <more>
and meager money for vet care and medicine and nurses the cat back to health. They form a bond that warms the heart and provides an emotional lift to the mind. The high rating given to it, and the very favorable review, is partially due to the, perhaps not-universally known, fact that this is a real and true story. The star character believes that he and the cat have saved each other's life. His co-star is played by the actual Bob the Cat. It is faithful to the book of the same name and well worth the price of admission.
Not just a movie for cat fans. Incredible true story. (by SpoilerAlertReviews)
I'm actually really surprised, recognising Roger Spottiswoode's name but totally forgetting he was the director behind The 6th Day, James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies and another animal buddy movie, Turner & Hooch. I haven't seen any of his work since The 6th Day and I'm not sure why, but I'm surprised to find him behind the camera for this one. Maybe because it's a British film of a British story, me possibly expecting a Brit to be director? Regardless, he's a great choice as director, especially with his experience of working with animals on film. This one <more>
being a stray ginger tomcat that gets named Bob after finding recovering drug-addict, James Bowen, played brilliant by Luke Treadaway. Now, this busker and Bob is somewhat of a London legend, how the two become inseparable and skirt about town busking and selling magazines on the streets of touristy London, hitting national and local papers and well, the outcome is fairly obvious, book deal and a film to boot. Though there were quite a few cats used to play the part of Bob, it is nice to know that the real Bob actually did quite a bit of filming. Him being the real life littlest hobo that gladly doesn't choose to move on. And the real life James Bowen getting his rightly deserved cameo with a clever line of dialogue. Working with animals is something you get warned about when on set but Spottiswoode certainly has a majesty way of capturing the character of our furry friends whether it be a Dogue De Bordeaux or a polar bear cub. It can't be an easy task and most have taken dozens of takes to get the right frame and the editing is superbly done with animal POV perspectives and clever camera work. Treadaway gives a brilliant, believable and powerful performance conveying the hopelessness, torment and desperation effortlessly. Ruta Gedmintas also adding some colour to the film supported by some good British casting. It's amazing to watch the bond form between Bob and James as they both tend to each other. Another two elements that stand out about this film is the music, the busking songs performed by Treadaway himself, which help tell the story though slightly disappointed it's music written for the film and not songs original to the busking, though, the songs are catchy and full of heart, much like the movie. The other element being London itself, the sights and the not so nice parts of the city actually give a real feel, either though bleak. What's so magical about this story is that it has come to this, and that it's a true story of hope, companionship and cosmic justice. It's heartfelt, touching and feel good; Perfectly paced, enchanting and enjoyable. Not just a movie for cat fans. Running Time: 9 The Cast: 8 Performance: 9 Direction: 9 Story: 9 Script: 8 Creativity: 9 Soundtrack: 8 Job Description: 10 The Extra Bonus Points: 10 for Bob, and his and James' incredible story. Would I buy the Bluray?: Yes.89% 9/10
This film has a genuine goodness to it. (by splood)
I've seen a lot of bad reviews for this film and honestly they're totally undeserved.It's been criticised for not being gritty enough, being "featherweight" and lacking in conflict. To me this just speaks to a deeply pretentious need to be shocked - a film about someone who's suffered doesn't have to show every hardship in gory detail. Yes, there's a place for visceral, gruelling, Trainspotting-esque masterpieces that hit home the sheer horror and hopelessness of homelessness and drug addiction in the UK, but that's not the only kind of film that's <more>
allowed to exist.This film isn't aimed at film critics looking for a cinematic thrill, it's aimed at a dun dun duuuun mainstream audience, and it has a very different objective. You aren't supposed to leave feeling like you've been there, you're supposed to leave feeling like there's hope. It makes you want to and feel like you can help. That's the kind of film that encourages people to donate, volunteer, generally do good. That's a worthwhile thing.The strength of the film is its moments of kindness. Many claim that the film doesn't "hit home" because the sad bits weren't sad enough and the scary bits weren't scary enough. It hit home for me. It had me holding back tears on multiple occasions, but it did so when it was happy. The bit where the woman who chatted to James and Bob early on gives them some tuna and a knitted cat scarf, the bit where Betty gives James one of her brother's paintings something irreplaceable that she clearly treasures , James's Father's face fantastic performance by Anthony Head btw when James tells him he's clean. This film is brazenly kind, the overwhelming message is one that people are good.Yes, it's cheesy at times, but it isn't patronising. James is someone you empathise with, not sympathise. You don't feel sorry for him. I think this film set out to do something very different than what professional film critics look for. I think it succeeded in that, and I think that's just as worthwhile as the lofty artistic ambitions of grittier cinema.Sorry for this review being more of a response to criticism than a discussion of the film's merits, I just think this film deserves to be stood up for.
Some stories truly are worth telling (by astell-1)
This film connects you with the realities of street life and addiction, but without the excessive angst, despair and high melodrama which is typical of the genre. Because of this the storytelling feels very realistic, very honest. Obviously what distinguishes this story is Bob himself - I'm not a cat fanatic but it is obvious that Bob is a very unique personality. Yet in keeping with the low key feel of the film, they do not overly anthropomorphize Bob himself - he is a cat who has adopted a human, plain and simple.This film deserves a wider distribution - it is unrated but I would <more>
suggest pg13. There is much more to this film that Bob the cat, but you should see the film and reach you own conclusions. If nothing else it may help you think differently, more sympathetically, about street people and street cats.
A sweet feelgood movie without pretensions (by pforrest-2)
I bet this gets terrible reviews from the critics, because it has no ambitions except to tell and embroider a tale of real life itself embroidered a little, OK... . Anyway I just got home from seeing it, and it is no great work of art ... but it is a very enjoyable movie based more or less on a true story. If I had a criticism it would say cut the mouse totally irrelevant to the film, but then I'm not a cat . If I wanted to heap praises I would say that Luke Treadaway does the main human role fantastically, Bob is pretty impeccable except for the dubbing, and Rute Gedmintas is <more>
incredibly lovely as the fictitious? love interest. If only Luke & Ruta could have ridden off into the Islington sunset together .... they seemed made for each other.
I knew about the international bestselling biographical book and its follow-ups , so I was really excited to know that it was being turned into a film, and even more so that it starred the real cat, directed by Roger Spottiswoode Turner & Hooch, Tomorrow Never Dies, The 6th Day . Based on the true story, in London, James Bowen Luke Treadaway is a recovering heroine addict, and being homeless makes some money busking with his own songs on his guitar. Running out of luck, he is given a last chance resort by support worker Val Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt , who helps him to <more>
finally have his own flat to live in. As he tries to build his life and his future, James in unable to attract much attention from passers-by as he busks in Covent Garden, and the area he lives in surrounded by the temptation of drug dealers and users on the street. One night James is taking a bath, he hears a break-in and noises in the kitchen, he finds it is a ginger cat Bob, as himself, with some stunt cats eating his corn flakes, he allows the cat to stay the night. Thinking the cat belongs to a neighbour, James goes through the neighbourhood to find its owner, but he has no luck and concludes it is a stray, and the cat continues to linger and follow him over the next few days. One day the cat is injured, James takes him to a charity vet, sacrificing his food money for its treatment and medicine, neighbour Belle Ruta Gedmintas , who makes a living looking after animals, and trains as a psychic, thinks the cat was destined to come to James, and tells him the cat can be given the name Bob this name actually was inspired by the character in Twin Peaks . James goes out one to busk, taking the bus, Bob follows him on the bus, once on the street James allows Bob to rest on his shoulders as he walks, many passers-by are endeared to see a cute animal with him, many people are drawn to watch James sing with his guitar, while Bob sits with him, James is delighted with the amount of money he makes and that people actually want to listen to him, and his adorable cat. James has become smitten with Bob, taking him as his true friend and pet, there are times however when his caring for the cat gets in the ways of some responsibilities, such as attending methadone programme meetings with Val, and James is in moments close to giving into the temptation of drug taking, until a fellow homeless person dies of an overdose. There is one day when James is performing with Bob, someone wishes to buy the cat, saying it would have a better home, James is angered, Bob runs away as the arguing occurs, James is heartbroken at losing his friends, but some time later Bob does return home, James is relieved and happy. James wanted to see his father Nigel Anthony Head and his family around Christmas, but he was not permitted, so James tries to reconnect on New Year, but Bob being there causes chaos as James is turned away again. James makes the commitment to stop taking methadone, Val warns him of the challenges he will face over the next few weeks, such as constant fidgeting, inner pains and other effects, but James goes ahead, staying in his flat and going through this suffering, with Bob by his side, until eventually James feels refreshed and finally clean. James had been getting closer to Belle over Christmas, she was angered finding out about his drug past, but they reconcile, James is happy that she has found the strength to move on and find a new place, without bad memories, and returning to his father he is happy to reconcile with his father. James had been watched by many types of people, including those that capture his performances on video and post them to YouTube, he becomes a sensation, and a journalist wishes to make his story with Bob into a book, James is amazed by this attention and newfound fame. James Bowen concluded that it was Bob the cat who saved his life, his book became a best-seller, and he went on to write many other follow-up books, meaning no more busking, and Bob remains his best friend. Also starring Hook's Caroline Goodall as Mary, Lorraine Ashbourne as Simone, Darren Evans as Baz, Beth Goddard as Hilary, Ruth Sheen as Elsie and EastEnders' Nina Wadia as Padma the bus conductress. Treadaway is suitably cast as the vulnerable man wanting to change his life for the better, and the supporting cast members do well in their parts, but this film absolutely belongs to Bob the cat, the four-legged feline steals the show, he is adorable, it was a stroke of genius to get the real animal of the true story. The subjects of drug-addiction recovery and homelessness are covered with a good level of detail and realism, not becoming preachy or overly harsh, and the subplots with the romantic element and the struggling father-son relationship work well, but overall I felt happy and overtaken by the "ahh" factor, the slogan of the film is "sometimes it takes 9 lives to save 1" really is true, I would highly recommend this to everyone, especially those who love cute animals, and cats, a brilliantly enjoyable family comedy drama. Very good!
I just watched this movie in the cinema and this review is from a fresh perspective. The story presented to us is refreshingly straight forward in its approach. The main lead does a great job in portraying a realistic picture of an addict. He really holds this movie together and that is a good thing for this is not a "cute cat movie". Even though the cat is cute and it does get screen time the writers and directors does not forget that this is the story of James Bowen's struggle to get off the streets and beat his addiction and the movie is better off for it. The movie is almost <more>
for short for us too see all the main actors work as a movie is not enough time to show the struggle of addiction but the actor shows the different stages well.The movie itself is shot in a close personal style which suits it well since the characters and personal relationships James develops are based on real life and there is no exaggerated drama here. In fact the realistic tone makes this movie stand out among all the other movies about life on the street, who either either try to push a set of politics or glorify substance abuse and living on the edge of society. James have to eat out of garbage cans, regular people treat him like an annoyance and thugs and goons pick on him. I expected a sappy feel good story with an Hollywood ending but instead we got an down to earth movie where even success brings some melancholy of the years lost and personal relationships gone wrong. It is based on a real life story though so the movie does not become unnecessary dark either. A real life story held together by great actors, crisp story and a personal sense of directing.