David Oyelowo's feature debut tells a universal & relatable story to audiences of all backgrounds. At a time where superhero movies dominate cinematic content, it's refreshing to see an ordinary boy being the hero of his own story.
The Water Man is a safe little adventure. It doesn't take massive risks, and audiences can follow along like a gentle river ride at a theme park. I take issue with the conclusion, but the rest of the film is fine.
A story about humanity that isn't afraid to challenge its younger audiences' hearts and minds. However, the way the film opens the curtain on imagination prevents Oyelowo from fully producing the same kind of '80s Hollywood adventure he set out to make.