Anyone watching the trailer for “A Street Cat Named Bob” and who isn’t familiar with James Bowen’s much-loved books that the film is based on will undoubtedly wonder what all the fuss is about, after all it’s just a film about a street busker who has a ginger cat as a companion. Well it just shows you how you should never judge a book by its cover as “A Street Cat Named Bob” just happens to be one of the feel good films of the year.

Luke Treadaway, Unbroken and Clash of the Titans) plays the real life Jim Bowen, an ex-heroin addict who has falling on hard times and is forced to sleep rough on the streets. After his addiction councillor (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey and Filth) sets him up with a small flat he is befriended by his neighbour (Ruta Gedmintas, The Strain and The Incident) and a small stray ginger cat called Bob (played by the real Bob).

With the cat sitting on his shoulder Bob finds that he turns overnight from a struggling busker that people walk past to one of the favourite entertainers on the London streets.

Needlessly to say things aren’t all sweet and light with Bob as he battles his addiction and try’s to find a way back into his families’ heart.

Director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) strikes up just about the right balance between sentimentality and realism. “A Street Cat Named Bob” has a fine human cast but the standout performance goes to Bob the cat who steals just about every scene that he’s in.

“A Street Cat Named Bob” is one of the pleasant surprises of the year and, especially if you’re a cat lover, shouldn’t be missed.

A Street Cat Named Bob (12A)

1h 43m

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob

UK Release: Friday 4th November 2016