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FILM REVIEW: A STREET CAT NAMED BOB (12A)

Far from purrfect!

Since recently adopting two kittens, my constant uploading of pictures of them onto social networking sites has quickly given me a ‘crazy cat person’ status. It seemed only right that I reviewed the latest feline flick to hit cinemas.

A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of a London busker named James Bowen (played by Luke Treadaway). He’s homeless, penniless, addicted to drugs and therefore cast away from his family.

bob-1Luckily, things start to look up when his kind-hearted counsellor (Joanne Froggatt) finds him a council flat. Soon after moving into his new accommodation, James is visited by a ginger tom named Bob (who is mostly played by Bob himself). After taking the cat busking, the two of them become a sensation. Everyone wants a selfie with them and donations go through the roof.

There’s not much more to this film to be honest. There are minor subplots involving a beautiful neighbour (Ruta Gedmintas) and a fellow addict (Darren Evans) but both are disappointingly underused.

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The Director, Roger Spottiswoode, made the Tom Hanks movie Turner & Hooch, so he’s no stranger to animal buddy comedy dramas. Unlike that 1989 classic however, A Street Cat Named Bob is neither funny enough to be classed as a great comedy or emotive enough to be considered a thrilling drama. It’s somewhere in the middle, and therefore won’t stick in your mind long past the closing credits.

Being a real life story of rags to riches – and let’s not forget an adorable animal – it features all the right ingredients to be an instant classic. Had the filmmakers swayed closer towards one genre (comedy or drama), perhaps it could have been.

Even a ‘crazy cat person’ such as myself can’t help but feel there were many wasted opportunities here.

2/5

Mikey Clarke

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Genre: Drama/Biopic

Cast: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt and Anthony Head

Running Time: 1hr 43mins

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

See A Street Cat named Bob and much more at Showcase Cinema, Peterborough. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date show times. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas’.

 

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