A man named James spends his days as a busker, playing his guitar and singing in the street of London. James is also a recovering drug addict and begins the new steps towards getting his life back on track. James soon meets a ginger stray cat who will possibly transform and change his life. It should also be noticed that this film is actually based on an international best selling book. Prior to watching this film, I’d never read the book, nor was aware of this incredible story. Oh, and as well…I dislike cats personally.
Other than viewers enjoying a cute ginger kitty-cat, the biggest praise for me was witnessing the lead actor’s performance of the character James (played Luke Treadaway). His performance alone won me over within a matter of moments. Jame’s character is deep and sensitive, plus I found him to be very believable in every scene. Some of the side characters and their performances could be questionable, but, overall, the acting is good! Some of the cat sequences are done well and would been rather challenging to film- I mean the actor had to match facials and movements to interact with a Cat. The film also enjoy showing the viewers ‘Bob’s perspective’, as in we see what Bob sees. Sometimes I felt this broke a moment, taking us away from following James (the lead) during key scenes.
Overall, this is a film that is incredibly touching. I personally enjoyed watching James’s story and the challenges he faced daily. The lead’s performance is solid and it’s a film that’s a feel-good story. The bottom line is that this is a film I will be recommended to many to watch, starting with you reading this review.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden