‘The Water Man’ Film Review: David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut Takes Kids on a Rousing Adventure

‘The Water Man’ Film Review: David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut Takes Kids on a Rousing Adventure
It’s a tricky balancing act to take an audience from a terminally-ill mom to an avalanche of insects, but director David Oyelowo (working from Emma Needell’s Black List screenplay) gets all the tones just right in “The Water Man,” a kid adventure that recalls the sort of ripping juvenile yarns that Disney, and later Amblin, used to crank out on a regular basis.

Amid the excitement — those bugs, a pack of wild horses, a looming forest fire — the film finds room to explore bigger issues, like living life to the fullest even when death is inevitable, and the fact that the toughest-acting kids are often the most vulnerable.

As a Navy kid whose father Amos (Oyelowo) was often stationed overseas, young Gunner is a sensitive boy who’s very close to his mom Mary (Rosario Dawson). Now that Amos is back home, father and son find it difficult to find common ground,
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