If you’ve heard the real life story of street cat Bob or seen the movie made about his life, you’ll want to see his follow up movie, A Gift From Bob. Set around Christmas it’s a heart warming reminder of the importance of community and purpose.

Movie Review: A Gift From Bob

Maybe like me you first met Bob through the 2016 movie A Street Cat Named Bob. Based on the book by former Big Issue seller James Bowen, this initial film told the story of how a stray ginger cat changed the life of James (Luke Treadaway), a homeless London street musician and recovering drug addict. It began with a friendship that transformed both their lives.

A Gift From Bob is the follow up. The movie begins with James grappling with being asked to write a second book, a common struggle amongst most authors.

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A chance meeting sees James reflecting on the last Christmas he and Bob spent together scraping a living on the streets in London. With the need to raise 200 pounds or face a freezing Christmas with no lights, no heating and no food the pair take to the streets armed with a guitar, copies of The Big Issue and charm. But they have their work cut out for them as the streets are highly competitive at this time of year.

As they spend a cold and challenging December on the streets, James draws strength and inspiration from Bob. Anyone with a pet knows how much their friendship can help you get through tough times.

A Gift From Bob is a delightful story about how a stray cat helped a man learn the true meaning of Christmas. It touches on friendship, purpose and the importance of community.

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It was great to see the real life Bob back again and equally so Treadaway who was in the original movie. This would be a wonderful movie for anyone moving through loss, although they might want to watch it at home as the tears will flow.

There’s a great line, “don’t let the future be weighed down by the past”, something to remember.

Sure the movie is a bit twee at times, but if you can’t be soppy at Christmas when can you be?

A Perfect Christmas tail, I mean tale.

Rating: 6 starts out of 10

For more information go to Luna Cinema