Spoiler-Free Review of “Where the Crawdads Sing” in Theaters: Beautiful and Emotional

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“The swamp knows all about death…”

Where the Crawdads Sing released in theaters on July 15th 2022. The mystery drama film (based on the book of the same name) stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn, Garret Dillahunt, and Sterling Macer Jr. It runs for two hours and five minutes.

Kya grows up alone in the marshlands of North Carolina during the 50’s and 60’s after being abandoned by her family. Years later, she is accused of murdering a boy she was romantically involved with.

Here is the trailer:

Where the Crawdads Sing transports its audience into a beautiful setting with deep, dark secrets, as it weaves together a story of heartbreak, love, and deception. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Beautifully shot.

This movie was so gorgeous to watch. The setting was incredible and I loved the use of color. Everything was just so vivid and clear. Since the setting was such an integral part of this story, it made sense to make it stand out as the star and I think it really pulled the audience in to this secret world tucked away from the rest of society.

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Daisy Edgar-Jones is mesmerizing on screen.

I absolutely loved her in the film Fresh and she delivered in this film as well. This was such an eccentric and unique character and I think that her portrayal was truly moving. She captured my attention the entire time. I’m looking forward to seeing her in more films because she is very talented.

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A mystery that pulls you in with an ending I didn’t see coming…

I did not read the book prior to watching this film so I went into it with no real expectations. I thought the mystery was solid and the ending really threw me for a loop in the best possible way. There will be no spoilers in this review, but wow!

The Cons:

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Glosses over details I wanted to know more about.

I know it’s not easy adapting a book into a film, but I thought that certain characters and timelines felt rushed. Just when I started to really connect with the young Kya story-line, we were pulled right back into the present day one.

I also wanted to know more about some of the other characters in Kya’s life (including the two love interests). I didn’t need this film to be much longer than it was, but I thought that some of these details were necessary so that we could connect with Kya’s story even more.

Even though I didn’t read the book, I would have liked to have also seen the more wild side of the swamp. Everything was just so gorgeous and serene and I’m sure that the darker parts were explored more in the novel. I’m also not really sure how Kya got such a beautiful wardrobe when she was basically a recluse, but I’ll just go with it…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!

Beautiful, moving, and shocking in the best way possible!

I really enjoyed my watch and I definitely recommend that you give this film a chance because it has a lot going for it.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Where the Crawdads Sing in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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