Evan Makarov’s review published on Letterboxd:
Where the Crawdads Sing is a drama thriller directed by Olivia Newman and is about a woman who raised herself in the marshes becoming a suspect in the murder of a man. I didn’t really know what to expect from this movie because I hear that people either love or hate the book it’s based off of.
What easily the best part of this movie is Daisy Edgar-Jones as the lead. She was really good and her performance did help me care about her character a little bit, which really helped the movie.
Because I cared enough about the main character, the suspense and the emotions work. I felt the tension and the emotion.
The score also works well and sounds really good.
Now I’m really mixed on the cinematography. On one hand there are a lot of shots that look absolutely beautiful. While on the other hand a lot of shots are way too dark to tell what’s going on.
The pacing of this movie is a mess. I can tell that stuff was cut out. Some parts are rushed and some parts drag a little bit.
This movie also really fees like it’s based off a book. It hits story beats that are very common in other movies based off books. It honestly made the script feel like it was made for a TV movie.
This movie is very average for me. I’m sure people who love the boom will enjoy the movie but other than a good leading performance, there’s nothing else much. It does work fine as a movie but some story elements like pacing and predictability are not satisfactory.