The Water Diviner: Movie Review

Because sometimes hope is good. For the characters and for the potential viewers in a film.

Because sometimes hope is good. For the characters and for the potential viewers in a film.

Russell Crowe’s been known for his absolute dynamism in performance since quite a long time, might I say. From the days of the critically acclaimed The Insider and L. A. Confidential all the way to the towering performances in Les Miserables and Noah, he’s strung along a whole set of absolutely versatile roles in his repertoire. And now, the potential audience of his new venture The Water Diviner are looking at yet another feather in his cap.

That of a director.

Here I was, on the second day of the 11th Dubai International Film Festival, finally attending a film I’d been anticipating since I had a whiff of its news. Here I was. A human being with a lot of neutrality towards period films as a whole. Waiting with almost-impatience for a period film to begin.

Here I was.

But let’s not digress. Let’s come back to what’s a viewer to expect from solely the credits of the film. Apart from having an absolutely stellar cast of Crowe, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Jai Courtney (Divergent), the movie also seems to have an absolutely versatile set of Turkish performers in the form of Yilmaz Erdogan (Kelebeğin Rüyası; also director) and Cem Yilmaz (Hokkabaz) among others. Of course, there’s a certain skepticism that does set in when you realize that writers Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios were mainly television proficient.

Of course, once you’ve watched the trailer of the film, most of that minuscule skepticism almost decides to erase itself away.

  • excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha

My excitement at trying to cover films of the Dubai International Film Festival this year knowing no bounds, I landed myself the review of The Water Diviner to cover, and thus found my friend and co-reviewer Dania and I sitting, waiting for the movie to start. And when that happened, we did NOT know that we’d get what we got. To know more, get yourself a dose of it all right HERE: