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|Originaltitel:||A Streetcat named Bob|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 103 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Although it may sound like a trite phrase, it is true that life sometimes writes the most beautiful stories. As for example in the case of the drug-addicted street musician James, who found a new meaning in life through his encounter with the cat Bob and finally made his way off the streets. After this story has already become a bestseller in book form, the successful film version is now coming to our cinemas.
Luke Treadaway plays the role of James, who gets his last chance from his social worker Val (Joanne Froggatt): a small apartment in which he can stay as long as he stays clean. That's becoming increasingly difficult for James. But when a stray cat suddenly appears in the small apartment and turns the young man's life completely upside down, James suddenly no longer has to take responsibility only for himself. The tomcat he baptises Bob no longer leaves his side and the unequal duo becomes a hit on the streets of London. But when Bob disappears one day, James threatens to fall back into his old, self-destructive patterns…
Alone in Germany, "Bob, the Stray" was number one on the bestseller lists for 27 weeks. Readers who have become addicted to the adorable cat should not miss the film version of his story. After all, Bob plays himself here - and with wonderful composure. Director Roger Spottiswoode ("James Bond - Der Morgen stirbt nie") has staged a truly enchanting family film about an unusual friendship, which weakens some true events for the film's mass suitability. Nevertheless, it must be said that this is not a film for children. If a friend of James dies of an overdose or he detoxifies his body himself, then it is too hard for little spectators to watch. Sure, the hangover is cute and there are some very charming, but also funny moments.
But it's also about the fact that Bob led James to make the hard way away from drugs - and that has to be shown with a certain consequence. But don't worry: "Bob, the Stray" isn't a depressing social drama - even if there are some dark scenes. Rather, the bestselling film adaptation offers a real feel-good cinema with a very nice message and an animal star who really steals the show from everyone! Cat lovers, fans of the book and anyone who likes beautiful films about special friendships should not miss this charming film. Worth seeing
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