Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing ★★★

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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.

In a world full of book-to-movie adaptations, this may be the most “book-to-movie adaptation” you will see this year. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but it makes sense in my head. There are sweeping shots, moments where the tension written doesn’t match the tension displayed (bro standoff scene), and some questionable side performances. That being said, the lead performance is genuinely incredible. Daisy Edgar-Jones crushes at all turns, and this may be the performance to elevate her status. I say this because general audiences are going to enjoy this one and seek it out. While it takes long due to its length, the film does exactly what it needs to. There is an epic tale at the center of this conventional movie. The court scenes feature some memorable moments thanks to Strathairn’s southern lawyer, and the quiet moments with Kya are beautifully crafted. The highs are high, yet the lows make it occasionally feel like a straight-to-tv experience. The script occasionally becomes too dependent on the performances to elevate it, and while some do, others just aren’t up to the task. The final product is a serviceable one, but the real highlight is (thankfully) the focal point of the film. I could see how a book surrounding Kya fleshes this experience out even more.

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