The Stream: Corny and obvious at times
The Big Screen: Emotionally involving and creative background story
The Final Bill: A heartfelt, well-acted teenie bop adventure flick– S2S: Movie Review
Director: David Oyelowo
Writers: Emma Needell
Stars: Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Maria Bello, David Oyelowo
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Production Companies: Harpo Films, ShivHans Pictures, Yoruba Saxon Productions
Platform: Netflix released May 7, 2021
I know I’m late on this review, but I found a sleepy Sunday afternoon to finally watch, The Water Man. I know you’re thinking what is he even talking about. Well, Netflix puts out a lot of content and I’m still in catch up mode. The Water Man is about a boy who “runs away” from home hellbent on finding the local lore’s boogeyman. The boogeyman has the powers to heal and save his ill mother, but no one knows where to find him. Let’s see if this quest can hold water.
I’ll put it like this, the movie explores the difficulty of a child navigating life and the death of a parent. I mean, talk about a hard concept to grasp for an adult, let alone a child. It’s no wonder this kid wanted to run away. Yet, the filmmakers have done pretty well capturing the difficulty of the situation. David Oyelowo, solid actor and as director of this movie, has found a way to depict those emotions on the screen. With that in mind, this movie is quite heartfelt and only amplified by the acting ensemble led by Oyelowo. Oyelowo and Dawson are not the focal points of this movie, but they definitely help the heart of the movie. Think Seven Pounds meets a fantasy quest for the fountain of youth. Led by our young protagonist Gunner Boone, played by Lonnie Chavis, this movie is cute and slightly creepy; and, moreover, the story about the Water Man is really nicely depicted. I’ll admit some of the kiddie parts with Chavis and Amiah Miller, as Jo, get a little corny, basic, obvious, and annoying. In fact, they slightly don’t fit the more serious portions of the film. It’s a strange mix but there are times when they aren’t acting like kids and they power through a scene. Either way, a viewer can slog their way through those parts in order to get to the final destination. The ride is quick but still gets you emotionally invested.
By now, y’all must know I do love me a teenie-bop movie and this was no different. The Water Man is a heartfelt, adventure buddy streaming film. David Oyelowo did a really solid job directing and acting in this film that made the film actually feel emotional. This flick didn’t get much attention on Netflix but viewers can enjoy this film nevertheless. Grab a bowl of popcorn and make your water to the Water Man’s House.