Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
/10 12K votes
Release date: July 28, 2022
A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with.
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Copping a fairly decent critical drubbing from reviewers across the globe, with a Rotten Tomatoes score entrenched in the lowly 30's, Olivia Newman's high-profile adaptation of Delia Owens hugely popular novel is a surprisingly engaging and faithful imagining of the tale of The Marsh Girl and her fight to prove her innocence in a town that has long pigeonholed her into a character they believe her too be.
Capturing the time and place this story takes place in across the 1950's and 60's, Newman brings Owen's world to life in vivid fashion as we are introduced to the isolated yet beautiful world of Kya Clark, played by rising star Daisy Edgar-Jones, as the brave and determined soul learns to live in the face of insurmountable odds as her love triangle with the kindly Tate Walker and the arrogant Chase Andrews threatens to derail her life when Andrew's is found dead in the marshlands one fateful morning.
Large part romance, with sprinklings of mystery and courtroom drama thrown in for good measure, not all elements of Where the Crawdads Sing narrative work to the level you would hope for, with the courtroom scenes and some romantic interludes no better than day time soap operas, but there is enough working here to make Kya's journey one that's going to strike a chord with many, much like Owen's book managed to do over the last couple of years.
Key to the films success outside of its stunning locations and ability to bring the deep south too life before our eyes is the lead performance of Edgar-Jones, who manages to overcome some frosty at times chemistry with her male leads (with the Kings Man's Harris Dickinson feeling like a wrong choice for football star Andrews) to deliver another noteworthy performance in a career that is building before our eyes and thanks to her fine work here, the trials and tribulations of Kya's personal experiences makes for heart- wrenching and heartwarming material that is sure to please fans of the book hoping that their heroine will be given justice in this Reese Witherspoon backed feature.
Unlikely to ever be regarded as a classic adaptation of a divisive yet undeniably gripping book, Newman's film is far better than its been given credit for by the critical realm, who seemed lined up with their pitchforks well before they had even laid eyes on this drama that features one of recent memories most memorable protagonists.
Final Say -
Working more often than not, Where the Crawdads Sing is a faithful and well-shot version of Delia Owen's hugely popular book and provides justice to a fictional character that is one of the most intriguing literary creations of modern times.
3 1/2 birthday cakes out of 5.
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Fmovies: The critics have been slamming this movie but I thought it was good. It's not the greatest thing ever or anything like that but I thought the story was interesting and the acting was good. It kept me guessing until the end which is what a good mystery should do, so for me overall it was a good movie that I would definitely recommend.
I read the novel 4 years ago and loved it. Did I wish this movie was more suspenseful and more "gritty". Yes, tho, still the movie was well made and well acted and I ended up crying a couple times in the movie. The mood is very somber and serious. It is not a silly romantic com. It is a serious romance exhibiting serious issues of abuse and heartbreak and murder and the wrath of nature.
Where the Crawdads Sing fmovies. A relatively straightforward story of the life of a woman who lives on the edge of society as a recluse in the marshlands. Apart from the setting, it's a familiar story which shows the events of her life and how those who don't conform are often persecuted for no good reason. Good acting and scenery and the drama is well told, although the court proceedings were a bit bland and everything seemed a bit too clean to be believable.
It is so refreshing to have plausible people going through the travails of life without the typical superheroes and cartoon buddies coming to save everyone!
This film has a genuine plot and offers a depth to its characters that is surprising and satisfying.
An unqualified 10 stars.
Based on a popular novel with an intriguing storyline, this could have been a smashing film if it had been constructed better. It lacks intensity by not showing the devastating results of being an abandoned child, lonely, scared and hungry. It seems to gloss over all of that, and so we miss her transformation because she's shown as always being all right. I would have loved to see a wild child as main actor exhibiting all the angst of being unloved, and then she transforms in to a strong woman.
Getting back to my headline, there is beautiful photography and a sense of nature we don't often see.