Schlock Horror’s review published on Letterboxd:
So, before it was announced that Taylor Swift was doing the theme song to Where the Crawdads Sing. I had no idea this film even existed or that this was based on a New York Times Best Seller or sold an astronomical fifteen million copies. I know I don't read much, but I hadn't heard diddly about this movie until I heard Carolina by Taylor Swift. Maybe, my sorry gay ass only has his finger on the pulse of pop culture when Taylor Swift, herself is attached to it.
In terms of pacing, this thing is 2+ hours long and it's slow-moving. I went into this expecting a murder mystery, and what I got was a multi-decade spanning drama about a young girl who is abandoned and has to fend for herself in the marshes of Carolina. Kind of like Nell, only darker. Yet, the murder mystery while playing a part is never really front and centre and this almost borders on a romantic love-triangle. I guess I expected this to be more grim and at times, I thought it was just kind of dull. Even the end twist I saw coming.
The end twist had the same vibe as Sharp Objects, yet that left my jaw on the floor. This, I expected it. There is some domestic violence and we see an attempted rape, but the murder itself should have been more violent or at least the aftermath be shown more. The only time I felt any emotion while I watched was when Taylor Swift's Carolina played over the end credits. Daisy Edgar-Jones is decent in the lead role, but for a girl that lived in the swamps of Carolina, she had glowing skin and salon-ready hair. She was a little too polished.