Where the Crawdads Sing Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Where the Crayfish Sing is a 2019 bestselling fantasy novel by Delia Owens. Owens herself is very well versed in zoology, and is currently engaged in nature conservation, which left her stylistic mark on the writer’s work. It became known about the preparation of the film adaptation at the beginning of 2021, and in August 2022, the film reached Ukrainian cinemas. We tell in the review whether this drama managed to touch the hearts of the audience.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” / Where the Crawdads Sing

Genre drama
Directed by Olivia Newman
Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathern
Premiere cinemas
Release year 2022
IMDb site

The story of “Where the Crayfish Sing” centers on a girl, Kaya (Daisy Edgar-Jones). Kaya adores nature and feels at peace only in its wildness and grandeur. The heroine’s childhood seemed extremely difficult, as a result of which she remained completely alone. And even if relations with other people are difficult for Kaya, she still tries to give up and moves forward. Even when she is accused of a brutal murder.

Where the Crawdads Sing

The whole scenario is built around Kaya and her unusual character. Her clumsy attempts at friendship and love, her behavior in a crisis situation and her eternal desire to advance in her endeavors capture and evoke sympathy. Edgar-Jones managed to embody an extraordinary but charismatic personality on the screen. Therefore, even the smallest adventures of Kai are generally interesting to follow.

Catches the eye and surroundings. As scenery in “Where the Crayfish Sing” shows us the beauty of the counties of South Carolina. Impassable swamps and dense thickets not only look amazing, but also enhance the general almost mystical mood of the film. And simply, all these sunny and not very spacious spaces together with the coziness of one-story America look nice.

At this point, unfortunately, the film’s merits end. It is quite mediocre both as an adaptation and as an independent work.

Where the Crawdads Sing

The main problem is that the authors of the film seem to have failed to understand what the original book was really about. In it, the subtext was the theme of the union of man with nature and acceptance of one’s destiny in a limitless world. The film seems to have completely forgotten about this concept, instead offering to observe the story of one character.

And let it be nice to follow Kaya, as already mentioned above, but the rest of the elements of the picture do not support her development and path in any way. All meetings, collisions and troubles do not seem to connect into one thing. But also as a series of individual events with a general moral, as, for example, in the film “Lemony Snicket: The 33 Misfortunes”, “Where the Crayfish Sing” does not work.

Moreover, the dramatic component itself does not impress here. The impact on the hearts of viewers here is about the same as the Instagram posts of bloggers who decided to increase the interaction with the audience through deliberately tearful stories. Only the latter no one believes for a long time.

That’s why you don’t particularly believe “Where the crayfish sing”. Local history lacks additional accents and semitones to become truly moving. There is an obvious solution to every problematic situation, and a rather prosaic answer to every difficult question. The authors chose the most flat approach to dramatic works, because of which the general impressions after viewing suffer greatly.

Where the Crawdads Sing

The poetry and comfort of the language of the original book were embodied only in beautiful landscapes. But the rest of the elements turned out to be extremely fresh. As a drama, “Where the Crayfish Sing” does not cause excitement, as a life-affirming story, it does not offer the heroes serious challenges, and as a thriller, it does not add to the overall suspense. All movie storylines seem to stop in the middle of development.

And this is quite a shame, because it is obvious that they did put considerable effort into the screen adaptation. From a technical point of view, “Where the crayfish sing” is performed almost flawlessly. Perhaps director Olivia Newman still hasn’t found herself in the “big” format, because before that she was mostly engaged in short films and individual episodes of TV shows. And her skills are still not enough to captivate the audience for two hours of viewing.

Pros: the acting of the main character, the beauty of the landscapes Cons: undeveloped script, mediocre direction, lack of a clear focus and vivid thoughts Conclusion:

Perhaps “Where the crayfish sing” should be best released in the winter. After all, then the film, in contrast to the cold and snow, would give the audience a tangible warmth. But when it’s hot all around, cinema only causes suffocation. It turned out to be a beautiful, but meaningless sight

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