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.
This film falls down the crack between hard hitting social drama and family friendly lighthearted romp. It’s based on a book, the true story of James Bowen, a homeless recovering drug addict and the cat who became his salvation. I haven’t read the book but I understand it changed many people’s perception of the homeless and apparently improved James’ life to the extent that he was able to buy his own home. All wonderfully positive, but for me, the film missed out by not exploring the issues in greater depth. It was a strange mixture. There were many, many cat close ups and when we started seeing shots from the cat’s POV I was dreading some anthropomorphic voiceover (my pet hate..sorry!) but thankfully the director spared us from hearing Bob’s inner thoughts.
The actors were great, Bob played himself which is amazing in itself. Luke Treadaway was both endearing and convincing as the abandoned son of a wealthy father who had turned to drugs. Special mention to the lovely Joanne Froggatt (Downton, Dark Angel) as the social worker who exuded both warmth and stability.
All in all it was a ‘pleasant’, feel-good film, but not enough depth for me.