A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.
I thought this film was a real delight. The central theme of a boy's desperate hope to help his mother and his father's search for him is heart-warming without ever feeling mawkish. The story moves at a good pace; early on we are introduced to Gunner and his family, the legend of The Water Man and to Jo; this nicely sets things up for the adventure when Gunner and Jo head into the Forest; here they encounter some dangers which are likely to put the viewer slightly on edge even though we know it is unlikely that anything really bad will happen. Without going into spoilers I know some viewers are likely to be somewhat disappointed at how the story finishes; personally I really liked it. The cast does an impressive job; notably Lonnie Chavis and Amiah Miller as Gunner and Jo and Rosario Dawson and David Oyelowo as his mother and father. Some reviewers have commented on how good it is to have a family film with a black lead; I certainly don't disagree but think it is perhaps more important that race is never an issue in the film. It is important that some films address the subject of racism but it is just as important that there are films where a characters race doesn't matter for the story. The film's setting is fairly stunning thanks to the forest and impressive landscapes. As well as doing a fine job acting David Oyelowo impresses in his directorial debut. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to anybody wanting a good family film with some adventure.
- Jul 10, 2021