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
This one 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
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.