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    Where The Crawdads Sing Movie Review: Heart-Touching ‘Survival’ Story



    Rating:


    3.0
    /5


    Star
    Cast:

    Daisy
    Edgar-Jones,
    Taylor
    John
    Smith,
    Harris
    Dickinson,
    David
    Strathairn,
    Michael
    Hyatt,
    Sterling
    Macer
    Jr.,
    Logan
    Macrae,
    Garret
    Dillahunt,
    Jojo
    Regina


    Director:

    Olivia
    Newman


    Where
    The
    Crawdads
    Sing

    is
    a
    big
    screen
    adaptation
    of
    Delia
    Owens’
    best-selling,
    page-turner,
    mystery
    novel,
    helmed
    by
    debutant
    director
    Olivia
    Newman.
    About
    a
    young
    woman
    who
    raised
    herself
    in
    the
    marshes
    of
    the
    deep
    South

    who
    finds
    herself
    a
    suspect
    in
    the
    murder
    of
    a
    man
    she
    was
    once
    involved
    with,
    the
    film
    is
    part
    survival
    story
    and
    part
    court-room
    drama.

    The
    film
    is
    presented
    with
    such
    soulful
    ensnarement
    that
    it’s
    likely
    to
    draw
    you
    in
    without
    much
    fanfare.
    The
    narrative
    depicts
    the
    life
    of
    an
    abandoned
    young
    girl
    Kya
    Clark
    (Daisy
    Edgar-Jones)
    unkindly
    referred
    to
    as
    the
    ‘Marsh
    Girl,’
    who
    once
    lived
    with
    her
    siblings
    and
    dysfunctional
    parents
    in
    a
    small
    house
    built
    on
    the
    Carolina
    marshes.
    Her
    survival
    against
    the
    stigma
    of
    raising
    herself
    all
    alone
    in
    the
    wild
    (somewhat
    similar
    to
    Jodie
    Foster’s
    ‘Nell’)
    forms
    one
    part
    of
    the
    story
    while
    the
    other
    concerns
    with
    heartbreak,
    murder
    and
    then
    a
    courtroom
    trial.
    As
    the
    trial
    unfolds,
    we
    are
    treated
    to
    a
    series
    of
    flashbacks
    narrated
    by
    Kya
    as
    she
    relates
    her
    past
    to
    her
    lawyer,
    Tom
    Milton
    (David
    Strathairn).

    There’s
    a
    lot
    packed
    into
    the
    ‘just
    above
    two
    hour’
    runtime
    but
    it’s
    done
    with
    an
    inveigling
    skill

    keeping
    the
    audience
    invested
    right
    from
    the
    first
    frame
    itself.
    The
    film
    switches
    between
    young
    Kya
    (Jojo
    Regina)
    and
    then
    flashes
    forward
    in
    time
    to
    when
    she
    is
    19
    years
    old,
    and
    its
    done
    with
    vivid
    fluidity
    that’s
    incrementally
    ameliorating.

    A heart-touching ‘survival’ story

    It’s
    a
    fascinating
    representation,
    and
    without
    deteriorating
    into
    melodrama,
    draws
    out
    a
    mixture
    of
    feelings
    and
    emotions
    that
    leave
    you
    feeling
    raw
    and
    affected.
    Olivia
    Newman
    craft
    involves
    character
    building
    (currently
    unfashionable)
    and
    generating
    intensity
    through
    picture-perfect
    visual
    alchemy
    to
    draw
    the
    viewer
    into
    that
    specific
    period
    and
    backdrop
    of
    a
    fictional
    town
    of
    Barkley
    Cove,
    N.C.
    towards
    the
    end
    of
    the
    1960s.

    The
    memorable
    character
    portrait
    is
    well-aided
    by
    superb
    performances
    by
    both
    the
    actors
    essaying
    Kya

    Jojo
    Regina
    as
    the
    little
    Kya
    and
    Daisy
    Edgar-Jones
    as
    the
    older
    one.
    David
    Strathairn
    as
    Tom
    Milton,
    the
    lawyer
    who
    fights
    on
    her
    behalf
    also
    makes
    his
    presence
    felt.And
    so
    do
    Sterling
    Macer
    Jr.,
    Michael
    Hyatt

    who
    play
    the
    kindly
    shopkeepers
    who
    help
    her
    and
    Taylor
    John
    Smith
    as
    Tate,
    her
    first
    lover
    and
    the
    cause
    of
    her
    heartbreak
    and
    disillusionment.

    This
    is
    a
    film
    that
    manages
    to
    get
    you
    involved
    in
    its
    mysteries
    subtly
    drawing
    you
    in
    as
    the
    story
    progresses.
    Worth
    watching
    for
    sure!

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