Movie Review: Where the Crawdads Sing Featured

Andy McKinney July 15, 2022 149

This one isn’t a Stupendous Blockbuster, it’s on a more human scale

Big Idea

  • The was based on the novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which sold 7 million copies
  • It’s about a strange tale of a girl raised alone in the swamps of the South
  • When she is older, she becomes entangled in a murder investigation
  • Produced by Reese Witherspoon, it’s rated PG-13
  •


Where the Crawdads Sing

We have a change of pace this week. After several weeks of Stupendous Blockbuster movies, we have an offering on a more human scale. Delia Owens, a PhD., Zoologist, and author hit the public's nerve with her novel "Where the Crawdads Sing." Her book sold seven million copies. Movie producer and book maven Reese Witherspoon brought the story to the big screen.

The book and now the movie tells a strange tale of a girl raised in the swamps of the South, but not by mud-bug-eating mutant Red Necks but alone. She raised herself. As a young woman, she becomes entangled in a murder investigation. 

The book gathered praise for the descriptive narration, unusual story, and the satisfying mystery swirling around the murder investigation.



Scriptwriter Lucy Alibar has a short sheet for feature film screenplays but with remarkable success. She penned the enormously successful film "Beasts of the Southern Wild," adapted from her stage play "Juicy and Delicious." (The subject of this story is unclear from either title. It describes the lingering death of the author's father.)

Director Olivia Newman has only one other full-length film, "First Match." It won an award and went to Netflix.

Daisy Edgar-Jones plays the swamp-raised woman. Taylor John Smith has the leading male role. These are competent young actors. We can hope to see more of them. Veteran actor David Strathairn is the only familiar face in the movie.

Edgar-Jones and Smith come from the world of TV, but I bet we see more of them on the big screen. Smith is a big guy with a strong screen presence. He plays the suitor here with magnificent restraint. He courts the young woman with the careful tentativeness one would use with any wild creature. 

Garret Dillahunt plays the brutal, neglectful, drunken father but gets too little screen time to shine.

A friend who read the book and watched the film declared her satisfaction with translating from print to screen, something we do not always experience.

Delia Owens, the author of the book, is a trained naturalist. She brings that attention to detail to the descriptions of the marsh and the things in it. Cinematographer Polly Morgan, a vastly experienced filmmaker, brings this attention to the film so subtly that we enjoy it without being overwhelmed.

I will leave the resolution of the mystery to those who watch the film.

"Where the Crawdads Sing" runs for two hours and six minutes. This decidedly off-center film will attract the millions of fans of the novel and those adults looking for something more interesting than dinosaurs or space ships. The producers allowed the PG-13-rated film a $24 million budget.

This well-crafted film gets three and a half sawblades.



Rate this item
(0 votes)
Last modified on Saturday, 16 July 2022 00:59
Published in Reviews

Latest Tweets

RT @Themewinter: Did you miss the latest WP Eventin release? 🧐 𝐖𝐏 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝟑.𝟎.𝟒 🎉 brings you all new features and tweaks: ✅ 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐀𝐝𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭…
To reach more people, you have to give them a reason to buy your products. Some offers and various discount options… https://t.co/wFrYSRwE49
Dear Eventin Lovers! 😍😍 𝗠𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗶 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗡𝗼𝘄. 🔗 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗴… https://t.co/4WL9RK5cZe
Follow Themewinter on Twitter

Post Gallery

Public Help Sought in Locating Stolen Car

School Is Back, and So Are The Buses

Bicyclist Hits Parked Car, Passes Away

67-year-old Man Dies After Being Attacked by Wendy's Employee

Weather Briefing: Monsoons Continue

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Opinion: The Fall of our Republic

Movie Review: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Gov Ducey Issues Executive Order to Fill Gaps in Yuma Border Wall