Alarmed to see mother’s situation worsening, Gunner begins frantically researching leukemia, and in addition learns of an area fable (or not) about the Water Man, a supernatural determine who legendarily has the energy to convey individuals and animals again to life. Told by a believer (Alfred Molina) that the spectral presence resides in the woods, Gunner a bit too naively embarks on a visit to seek out him, accompanied by an area woman (Amiah Miller) who appears largely interested by getting her palms on his financial savings.
Such journeys are actually a tried-and-true motif of kids’s literature and films (see “Stand By Me”), made extra resonant on this case by the underlying idea of a child grappling with the prospect of his mom’s loss of life, one other extraordinarily sturdy theme.
Still, “The Water Man” feels a bit watered-down even by the requirements of its style, with considerably much less heft than the outdated Hallmark Hall of Fame films, which created an aesthetic surroundings to promote greeting playing cards (simply in time for Mother’s Day) woven into the drama.
“The Water Man” is receiving a simultaneous theatrical and digital launch, however its logical house might be on tv, the place this might need change into a fixture had the execution been a bit sharper. As is, Oyelowo’s movie delivers its easy message to understand the individuals you’re keen on ably sufficient, with out leaving the supposed ripples in its wake.
“The Water Man” premieres in theaters, on demand and digital on May 7. It’s rated PG.