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“The place where Crowdad sings”

125 minutes | PG-13 rating

“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a new movie based on the 2018 best-selling novel of the same name by Delia Owens. A murder mystery intertwined with a love story set in the swamps of North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s.

We started in 1969, when two boys on bicycles found their bodies in a swamp. Police have discovered that it is a local quarterback chase Andrews. He appears to have fallen from the fire lookout tower at the edge of the swamp, but there are no traces or fingerprints left on the scene. A mysterious young woman living alone in a swamp was brought in as a suspect after her fibers in her hat matched the fibers found in her body. A local lawyer, played by David Strathairn, who has always treated her kindly, offered to represent her.

She turned out to be Ca Clark, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones. Her townspeople know little about her and call her a “swamp girl.” Then we flash back in the cabin with her family in her early days. Her father is abusive and alcoholic. The day after the discussion, her mother leaves. Slowly, over the next few years, her older siblings will also leave and leave her alone with her father.

Ka is a bright and witty young woman. She learns to keep her quiet and avoid the outburst of anger from her father. He gets a little softer, but one day he leaves too. Over the years, the local shopkeeper and his wife have been fond of her girl and have helped her as much as she can. With their encouragement, Ka tries to go to school. She only attends one day because all her children make fun of her.

The day after her father left, she carried the boat farther than before and lost her way. She encounters a boy about her age named Tate. He takes her home and the two slowly become friends. When she teaches him about swamp flora and fauna, he teaches her how to read, write and count her. She is a talented artist and she turns out to be painting wildlife and swamps. Tate proposes to send these to the publisher for a book and provides a list of her addresses.

Things are going well until Tate, played by Taylor John Smith, goes to college. He promises to return to see the fireworks on July 4th. Tate can’t keep her promise.

One day she was approached by Chase Andrews, played by Harris Dickinson. Chase is a popular boy in town. He was a little in love with Ka and decided to chase her. They start a romantic relationship. Shortly after Chase suggested, Ca discovered that he was engaged to another, more “acceptable” girl. She is furious. Her fight continues and he tries to rape her. She managed to fight him threatening to kill her when he came back. This threat has been heard by local fishermen. Did Ka kill Chase?

“Where Crowdad Sings” starts well, the acting is great, and the storyline of understanding what happened to the victims is of interest to the audience. When the love story is revealed, the movie slowly loses interest in the audience and becomes much more predictable. That doesn’t mean the movie is bad, it just loses a bit of focus in the second half.

The swamp landscape is beautifully photographed, while everything looks real. What begins as a tight, well-made murder mystery develops into a typical classic love story. If we had a little more focus on the murder in the second half of the movie, this might have been a great movie.

“The place where Crawdads sing” is rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content. If you are a teenager or older, there should be no problem. It is rated as 3.5 out of 5 scallop shell necklaces.