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Where The Crawdads Sing

Where The Crawdads Sing Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Where The Crawdads Sing Movie Review : Daisy Edgar-Jones breathes life into an uninspiring gothic mystery-romance

Story: An abandoned girl Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), leading a lonely, isolated life in the marshes is forced to face the world when she is accused of committing a murder. Is she guilty?

Review: Based on the novel by Delia Owens, Olivia Newman’s melancholic adaptation is about life, love and loneliness but mostly about people who find solace in staying back while the rest move on. Even as her mother and siblings drift away from her violent father in hope of a better future, Kya sticks around. The marshes become her best friend, her only constant even as people leave and seasons change. As months turn into years, she learns to survive alone. While coping with heartache, she reminds herself, “I had to do life alone. I had known for a long time that people don’t stay.”

Kya’s refusal to fit in and be a part of the crowd is perceived as defiance that’s immoral. She is mocked and ridiculed for being a ‘marsh girl’. Barring a few, most are just curious, not concerned. How can a girl live alone in an abandoned house without seeking help from anyone? Is she normal? Kya, on the contrary, is lost in her thoughts and her love for birds and sketches. She meets Tate (Taylor John Smith), who sees her without studying her, giving her a glimpse of what love must feel like. She starts seeing beauty in sharing her life with someone but life has other plans. She is accused of killing Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson), a man whose body is found in the marshes. Did she do it?

‘Where the crawdads sing’ presents a haunting reality of life — people leave and life goes on. While the story and imagery have a thought that’s gravely personal yet relatable, the execution lacks heft. The direction and adapted screenplay fail to hold you emotionally. The coming of age mystery is deprived of tension, chemistry and atmospherics that are most essential for a story like this. The film is well-acted though.

Daisy Edgar-Jones solely carries this film on her slender shoulders and breathes life into a flat, uninspiring adaptation. She truly is a lone warrior, who makes you feel for her character even as everything else feels scripted and shallow. She and her Robert Downey Jr-esque eyes make this rather tepid gothic melodrama seem immersive.

Love, rejection and life in between… The film hopes to be profound but lacks substance.

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