Where the Crawdads Sing: Movie Review

Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Review: Where Romance Meets the Courtroom

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Coming into "Where the Crawdads Sing", we actually didn't know what to expect from the film. What we got was a surprise in itself. The whole film came off as unique as it focuses heavily on key moments in the life of our protagonist Kya. This uniqueness though doesn't mean it was a great experience as it struggled to find an identity to really nail down what it wanted to achieve. This was interesting but lukewarm at best.

Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones) has been abandoned by her mother, siblings, and eventually her abusive father ever since he was a little girl. She found a way to raise herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove - mixing reality with tall tales about her scary existence. But as she gets older, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world and eventually falls in love with two young men. But when one of them is found dead in the marshlands, people are quick to assume Kya as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear - threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

There's one thing that's clear in "Where the Crawdads Sing", even as the Marsh Girl is a mysterious entity within Barkley Cove that people fear, it seems that she has always found a way to look ravishing and beautiful - even snagging two young men along the way. But on a more serious note though, these inexplicable and odd narrative elements are littered throughout the film's running time. There will be elements in the film that will never be fully explained or even fully believable and that last half hour was the film rushing its way to the end to a more acceptable runtime. That's unfortunate since for us, the experience was at its peak when the film really took its time to introduce Kya's key moments in her life (specifically in the times that she met the men in her life - her father, her first true love, her fling). Daisy Edgar-Jones was simply alluring and perfect as the shy and recluse Marsh Girl. Her performance saved this film from being a truly forgettable courtroom drama. If there's one takeaway from the film though is that you should temper your expectations. This wasn't a full-on courtroom drama, or a crime thriller, or a romance film. It was a mish-mash of all with each having its own equal footing and identity within the film's story. 

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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