Thursday, January 1, 2015

Film Review - The Water Diviner (2014)

The Water Diviner is directed by and stars Russell Crowe as Connor, a father who loses his three sons in World War 1 and his wife Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie) kills herself as a result so Connor vows to find them and bring them home to be laid to rest with her.

Going into this film I didn't really have any expectations as Crowe has been very hit and miss for me and the trailer didn't do an awful lot for me so could the actual film do the trick?

Very much so as I really enjoyed this movie, it is sure nice to have a proper mainstream Australian film that people can relate to for a change and doesn't have anything to do with Drugs, Crowe in front of the camera is fine but behind the camera he shows signs of a very promising future in particular his direction of the Battle Sequences as the Direction, Sound and Editing in those sequences is really top notch, it's ironic that the first time in a long time I enjoyed Crowe in a film was as a director instead of an actor.

There are two others I also want to single out, the first is McKenzie herself who only has a small role and I found it interesting that for his first directorial effort Crowe would cast her as they were also on screen together in Romper Stomper from 1992 which would be Crowe's breakout film so it was sure nice he hasn't forgotten his roots and the other is Olga Kurylenko as the owner of the Hotel Connor stays in on his search, she is very effective and also not sexualized in any way which is a nice relief for a female lead as many of them are unnecessarily.

And so the Water Diviner is quite good and very surprising plus signals a promising directorial career for Crowe, 3 and a half out of 5.

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