The Water Diviner
Directed by Russell Crowe
Warner Brothers, 2015
We have a movie, and we have a firestorm. Let’s start with the movie.
The Water Diviner, Australian actor Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, recounts the based-on-a-true-story journey of a bereaved Australian farmer searching in Turkey for his lost sons in the aftermath of World War I. Taken on its own terms, the film’s epic account of war and undying love has moments of greatness, sadly marred by a romantic subplot as implausible as it is unnecessary.