The Walter Diviner Review: Russell Crowe Falls Short

April 24, 2015 2:25 PM

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Russell Crowe has made a career of proving he’s one or another sort of paragon of manhood. He avenged his family in Gladiator, preserved the human race in Noah, and in between pursued vengeance in Les Misérables and The Next Three Days. In his first feature directorial debut, The Water Diviner, Crowe proves that this is no coincidence: Indeed, his interests are deeply circumscribed. He’s willing to pursue what it means to be a man at the expense of far more interesting tangents.

The Water Diviner depicts Crowe as Joshua Connor, a fellow living in post-World War I Australia, who carries himself in the same parody-of-hyper-masculinity manner Crowe’s been doing for years now. He’s blessed with quasi-mystical powers of locating water in the desert, but frustrated at his knowled...

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