I love Russell Crowe. He’s an old school gruff and rough around the edges actor who may not be great at everything he does, but he’s pretty good at most of it. And his resume speaks for itself. Actors directing usually goes one of a few ways. There’s the earnest mini-epic thing, the small inauspicious feature, and there’s the auteur swing for the fences thing. The Water Diviner is the former and it looks like something we’d have given attention to in the 90’s. It feels DTV now, but that’s not an insult anymore. Time will tell.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey