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Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

Directed by:
Olivia Newman
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Drama/Mystery

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Der krepsene synger

RUNNING TIME
125 minutes

Produced by:
Reese Witherspoon
Lauren Naustadter
Written by (based on the novel by Delia Owens):
Lucy Alibar


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Catherine "Kya" Clark Daisy Edgar-Jones
Tate Walker Taylor John Smith
Chase Andrews Harris Dickinson

Tom Milton

David Strathairn
Mabel Maddison Michael Hyatt -
"Ma" Julienne Clark Ahna O'Reilly -
"Pa" Jackson Clark Garret Dillahunt

 

Review

Based on the best-selling novel by Delia Owens, this is an evidently enticing mystery story set in a luscious Louisiana back country where people are poor and live off of and in harmony with nature but still somehow have managed to maintain perfect make-up and hair styles ever since the 1950s. British actress Daisy Edgar-Jones plays young Kya, who after having been abandoned by her mother and brother, beaten by her alcoholic father, and then raped by an ex-boyfriend, is being accused of the murder of the latter. If you think this sounds pulpy, you're quite right. And if Delia Owen's novel was able to disguise this notion somehow, this adaptation directed by Olivia Newman certainly isn't. We're in mushy territory in more ways than one, and the trio of young, urban actors leading the cast are never able to transcend the exteriors for which they were chosen and get down to the grittiness these characters should have possessed. Newman only has interest in or the ability to scratch the surface of it all. The film is like a blank postcard from the past; it transports you nowhere, except into Hollywood glossiness. With David Strathairn as the girl's defense attorney, and Garret Dillahunt as her abusive father, arguably the only two well-cast performers in this misfire.

Copyright 14.07.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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