The Water Diviner

Jays Rating:

In his directorial debut, Russell Crowe directs himself in the lead role of the dramatic war film, The Water Diviner.  It’s 1919 and an Austrian farmer named Connor (Russell Crowe) has an uncanny ability to find water anywhere- even on a dry dusty farm.  Four year earlier, his three sons traveled to turkey to fight in the Battle of Gallitoli in World War I.  He heard all three of his sons were missing and presumed dead, so after his wife dies he travels to Turkey to retrieve their bodies.  Upon arrival in Istanbul he checks into a hotel managed by a Turkish woman named Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) whose husband died in the same battle.  There are some tender moments between the two, but Connor is eager to find his sons or their remains so he travels to the battlefield.  There he meets Turkish Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan) who helps him find the graveyards from the battle and much more.  I really like this film even though it has several flaws.  I just can’t figure out if those minor imperfections are because of the script, the director, or the editing.  (For example, how does the ability of finding water translate to finding people dead or alive?) Crowe does keep the story moving at a nice pace and ends the movie in a respectable time limit at just under 2 hours. One of the brightest spots of the whole film for me was the setting and time period, which is something new in this era of sequels and remakes.  You may notice a horse and a dog with Russell Crow’s character in the beginning of the movie; they are his dog and horse in real life.  (Supposedly, the dog had to lose some weight for his role as a farm dog.) I’m giving this emotional drama a B- rating

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.  I rely more on a good story line than special effects.