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Streaming Sunday – Where the Crawdads Sing

Streaming Sunday features TV series or movies adapted from books I’ve read, offered on at least one streaming service and I’ve watched.

Where the Crawdads Sing
  is a movie adaptation of the book of the same name by Delia Owens. It’s the story of Kya Clark who was abandoned by her parents at a very young age in the marshes of Barclay Cove, North Carolina, left to fend for herself into adulthood. She was known in town as the “Marsh Girl” and ostracized by most but befriended by some who helped her through the years. It was produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company and released exclusively by Sony Pictures in theaters on July 22, 2022. It is now streaming on Netflix.

The book was released in 2018 and still ranks as one of my favorites. I listened to the story and the narration was excellent. I was nervous about the film adaption, even though I trusted Witherspoon who is an avid book enthusiast and certainly understands readers and their expectations. Her decision to use relatively unknown actors  for the main characters was concerning, too.

Critics were unkind in their ratings, some saying the movie was “incoherent,” which I found unenlightening even before I watched the movie. Fans, however, found it to be wonderful giving it an overall rating just below 5 stars. It’s estimated that about 32% of those who showed up in theaters had read the book. Despite the lack of critical acclaim, the movie was a box office success.

I watched the movie on Netflix and absolutely loved it! The cinematic aspect of it was gorgeous, capturing the marsh as I’d pictured it in my mind. And, the actors were perfectly cast for their roles, most notably the actress portraying Kya, Daisy Edgar-Jones, whose understated performance embodied the character. Using actors with limited exposure turned out to be a plus, keeping the focus on the story.

The setting was also gorgeously captured, the production paying acute attention to details that provided a strong sense of place, which was a critical aspect of the book. I felt the heat, smelled the scents of the marsh and could hear the sounds of the wildlife. I figured I would enjoy the film but was unprepared for how well it would mirror the essence of the book.

I’ll always treasure my memories of the book but the movie will also be a memorable experience that I highly recommend.

21 thoughts on “Streaming Sunday – Where the Crawdads Sing”

  1. It certainly looks like wonderful scenery from the stills. I never got around to reading the book and would therefore prefer to wait with the adaptation. Maybe it helps to have read the book before watching? (more coherent because the book fills out the gaps).

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    1. I’m not sure why I waited for it to stream but those mixed reviews bothered me. There seems to be a difference of opinion between professional critics and regular movie goers who gave it a thumbs up. At a minimum, the production is gorgeous.


  2. I watched this on the plane coming home from Mexico and loved it as well. It brought back the wonderful experience I had with the book. I loved how they treated the story and agree, unknown actors were perfect. Great post, Jo.

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