Bob is back! The only presents my cat has ever given me are mangled mice and an annual furball, but Bob is special, and this new movie is his gift to us all this Christmas.
I’ll not lie, judging by that trailer it’s not The Godfather. But it does look very sweet – and really, in these trying times perhaps what we need is fake film set snow and a pissed-off looking cat dressed in a Santa outfit.
The follow up to 2016’s A Streecat Named Bob, the true story of how ginger tom Bob gave James Bowen, a homeless ex-addict, purpose in life, A Christmas Gift From Bob offers much fluffy fun – and more tears than when my cat Humbug decides to test her claws on my new tights while sitting on my lap.
It’s also all the more poignant (if the rather haughty Bob would even care for such emotion) as Bob sadly died earlier this year aged about 14.
Here’s the synopsis:
James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times – providing strength, friendship and inspiration. Ultimately teaching each other about the true meaning of Christmas spirit along the way.
A Christmas Gift From Bob stars Luke Treadaway as James, Bob as himself, Kristina Tonteri-Young as Bea, and Phaldut Sharma as Moody. It’s directed by Charles Martin Smith and is scheduled for release in UK cinemas and on PVOD (premium video on demand) on 6 November 2020.
(Charles Martin Smith also directed last year’s A Dog’s Way Home, about a dog crossing the Colorado mountains to find her owner and encountering so many traumatic incidents along the way my friend dubbed it “The Revenant for kids”. I took my son for his 7th birthday and he’s never forgiven me, so I am PRAYING that Bob’s Christmas tail isn’t quite so wrenching.)