A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020)

Following on from the film A Street Cat Named Bob, initially released in 2016, James (Luke Treadaway) has just released his first book also titled “A Street Cat named Bob”. The new book reveals a great deal of insight into James’s dark past when he was addicted to drugs and was trying to earn money as a busker on the streets of London. His life changed for the better when he met a cat on the street corner, which he later named Bob.  The cat named Bob gave James hope and an unlikely new friendship.

In the present day, the film begins with James attending a book launch with Bob by his side. After the big event, he walks home to his apartment and encounters a homeless man being arrested by the police. James helps the man and even buys him a nice meal. The two share a conversation as James starts to talk about a different moment from his past. The film goes back in time to when James had just gotten over his drug addiction and was working as a busker with Bob.  This new, untold story reveals another challenging moment in the life of James and Bob which occurred during Christmas.

In this story of the past, while James is over his drug addiction, he is struggling to make ends meet. He tries to earn money while playing his guitar but has a conflict with other people also trying to raise or earn money. Not only that, but James is also concerned about Bob as he cannot afford any vet check-ups or any treatment for Bob after he is attacked by a dog.  Animal workers have begun an investigation as they have concerns about Bob’s wellbeing whilst living with James.  James is feeling down in life, and Christmas for James feels hard due to his current challenges and his dark past as a young boy. As others around him speak of the importance of Christmas, James listens but does not always share the same thoughts or motivation. James and Bob are both in need of a Christmas Miracle.

As a sequel, I am thankful that this film focuses on a different time in both James and Bob’s life rather than repeating similar beats of the first film from 2016.  Performances once again are lovely.  Luke Treadway is excellent as James and once again he brings lots of heartfelt moments to the screen.  Supporting cast are also quite flattering to see, but naturally it is Luke Treadway along with the performance of Bob the Cat who both earn the biggest praise in this film.

The film is also filled with complimentary messages on the themes of Christmas and helping others.  These themes feel quite fitting and welcoming as the film arrives during the Christmas season but also as many movie lovers have been dealing with a global pandemic.  Throughout the film’s plot I was quite curious where the film was headed and by the film’s third and final act I loved how everything came together.  It felt like my time watching the film was undoubtedly worthwhile.  As for visuals, I have no issues with the film, and I found the film’s soundtrack welcomed again.

Overall, I am thankful for this sequel.  The film focuses on another area of the life of James and Bob the Cat. It is a touching true story of some of the challenges the two face during a Christmas period.  It is a beautiful film which like the previous movie touched my heart and left me with watery eyes due to the film’s touching performances and themes. It is a family-friendly film and comes highly recommended even if you’ve never seen the original feature film.

7.5/10

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Jack (David Oyelowo) and his wife Rose (Angelina Jolie) are parents to three young children.  After a tragic incident occurs with one of the family members, the young children in the family (named Peter and Alice) decide to use their imagination and set out on...

The New Mutants (2020)

The film begins with a young girl and her father attempting to escape what appears to be a horrifying tornado. During the attempted escape, something terrible occurs to the young girl’s father. Shortly after the horrible storm, the young girl wakes up in a bed and we...

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a police officer within the city of Detroit. Axel is known for being loud and wild but nevertheless is a good cop and has street-smart skills when it comes to cracking cases. After an undercover bust gone wrong, Axel heads home only to...

It Must Be Heaven (2019)

ES (Elia Suleiman) is a filmmaker and writer who currently lives in Palestine. Due to personal reasons, ES decides to pack his things and travel around different cities to explore as well as hopefully launch his newest project.  As a character, ES enjoys being...

Tenet (2020)

Throughout the story we follow a man who we call ‘The Protagonist’ (John David Washington), an ex-CIA agent. After an undercover mission turns into chaos, our leading survivor is invited to join a top-secret group known as Tenet. While working for Tenet, it is up to...

Paper Champions (2020)

When Rey was a kid, he always had dreams of taking on the world as a professional wrestler. But in the present day, Rey (Luke Saliba) has ended up on a very different path. Rey works behind a desk selling photocopy machines along selling general stationery supplies to...

Sound of Metal (2019)

Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is a drummer in a heavy metal band along with his partner, Lou (Olivia Cooke). The two are living the dream as they play at many gigs with also an album on the horizon. But for Ruben, things are about to take a dramatic turn as he begins to have...

The Last Blockbuster (2020)

The Last Blockbuster is a documentary about how Blockbuster Video began and eventually became one of the greatest retailers of entertainment. As well as that, this is also the sad story of how the major retailer fell apart leaving only one Blockbuster Store remaining....

The Day of the Locust (1975)

Set during the 1930s, The Day of the Locust follows Tod (William Atherton), an art director working on several upcoming films.  While moving into a small apartment, he soon discovers an actress named Fay (Karen Black) lives across from him.  As Tod begins to...

Future Man: Season One (2017)

Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) is a janitor working at a research lab. Josh, in the present day, feels like he has hit a roadblock in life when it comes to career choices. When Josh is not working, he enjoys playing a video game titled Biotic Wars which many have...

How Do You Know Chris? (2020)

A young woman named Emi visits her local laundromat, and while digging for change for the machine, she meets a man named Chris. The two strike up a conversation and discover they have some things in common. Chris invites Emi to join him at a party that he is hosting...

The Soul Collector (2019)

The film opens with an older man on his death bed. With his final breath, he sees another man by his side, and instantly the old man in his bed passes away while the stranger walks away. On the flip side, the film introduces us to a family which consists of William...

Villains (2019)

Mickey (Bill Skarsgard) and Jules (Maika Monroe) are both criminals who also share a romantic connection.  The two decide to rob a service station, but as they drive away, their car soon runs out of fuel because Mickey forgot to fill it up before robbing the...

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)

Two years ago Kate (Darby Camp) joined Santa on an unforgettable adventure to save Christmas.  Now Kate is a teenager, currently away on holidays with her family.  Not only is this holiday at the beach instead of the snow, but her mother has brought her...

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The film begins with our leading hero, Sinbad.  Sinbad is the captain on a long voyage along with his crew.  Currently Sinbad and his men are presently lost at sea due to many stormy winds which pushed their ship in a completely different...

Framed (1947)

Mike Lambert (Glenn Ford) is on the hunt for a new mining job. He also accepts small cash jobs, including driving a delivery truck. Unfortunately for Mike, his most recent delivery doesn't go to plan. The truck that Mike was driving had faulty brakes, and soon he...

Force of Nature (2020)

Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) is a cop with a troubled and dark past. In the present day, Cardillo gets paired up with another officer and receives a call to a domestic dispute.  These officers soon learn that during a big hurricane storm, there is an apartment...

The Tax Collector (2020)

Set in present-day L.A, The Tax Collector focuses on two men who work for a major local crime lord. David (Bobby Soto) & Creeper (Shia LaBeouf) drive around the city collecting what is owed to their boss from local outlets. For David, when he is not working, he...

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are best friends. They both attend the same high school and have lots in common. When Bill and Ted are not at school, they rock out in a garage with hopes of one day becoming a well-known rock band. The band’s name is none...

Mulan (2020)

Based on a true story as well as the Disney Animation smash hit which featured back in 1998. The film begins with a young Chinese girl named Mulan. Mulan has been known for making mischievous trouble within her small community. Now an adult, Mulan continues to cause...

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Meet a seagull named Jonathan.  As a seagull, it is obvious that Jonathan is not like the rest of his kind.  He has a different type of attitude, and a unique outlook on life and the world that surrounds him.  Jonathan is also a skilled flyer...