'A Street Cat Named Bob' [Blu-ray]
(Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, Bob The Cat, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2017 / MVD Visual-Cleopatra)
Overview: Based on the international best selling book, 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is 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.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, and having just finished watching the movie, this adaptation of James Bowen's autobiography (his account of how he was saved by the unlikely companionship of Bob), is pretty likable stuff. Luke Treadaway's performance is perfectly fine; his depiction of a drug user who's lost everything and is living rough comes across as credible enough.
If there's a sense of fantasy about the effect Bob has on his fortunes - Londoners react to Bob as though they've never seen a cat before - then you just have to go with it to an extent. The film makes it clear that Bob personifies James's salvation, and it was a lovely detail to discover one of the feline actors playing the cat was none other than Bob himself.
Anthony Head doesn't need to do much to play James's estranged father, but he handles the emotional turmoil hidden beneath the character's austere exterior really well. Joanne Froggatt and The Strain's Ruta Gedmintas are memorable as James's doctor and distant love interest respectively.
Indeed, the latter is a bit too obviously 'hippy chick', but she just about gets away with it. Also, I really respected that the romantic undertones of her storyline climaxed in a bittersweet, realistic way. Well worth watching, and inclusive of some lovely London scenery, 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is about as heartwarming a story of redemption as you are going to find. This is a Widescreen presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind The Scenes Bonus Footage