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Where the Crawdads Sing

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 2022
  • Olivia Newman
  • 125 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This good-looking but tonally misjudged melodrama is an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Delia Owens. It tells the story of Kya Clark (Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones), an isolated, self-raised woman living deep in the North Carolina marshes in the 1960s, who has been vilified by local townsfolk. A burgeoning relationship with Tate (Taylor John Smith) offers the potential for happiness, but when Kya is accused of murdering former star quarterback Chase (Harris Dickinson) her unpopularity seems to seal her fate. Luckily, kindly lawyer Tom (David Strathairn) is on hand to fight for her freedom. What should have been a murky trawl through the swamp of small-town suspicion instead feels sanitised and poorly fleshed out. Kya's passion for nature aligns nicely with Polly Morgan's glorious cinematography and Edgar-Jones does good work, yet her impoverished recluse looks squeaky clean, while any attempt to make the audience swoon borders on the farcical.

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DirectorOlivia Newman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Released on
2022-07-22
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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