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Highly Suspect Reviews: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Review


Based on Delia Owens’ bestselling novel of the same name, Where The Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned child living alone in the marshes of North Carolina during the 1960s. Despite being poor, uneducated, and ostracized by the community, Kya (Daisy Edgar Jones) grows up to be a resourceful young woman and a self taught naturalist and illustrator. When Kya’s ex-boyfriend Chase (Harris Dickinson) is found dead on the beach, the locals immediately suspect “The Marsh Girl” of murder. Can her sympathetic attorney (David Strathairn) prove her innocence? Will she reunite with Tate, (Taylor John Smith) her childhood friend and one true love? Will we ever hear crawdads sing that new Taylor Swift song written for the movie? Our reviewers Alan, Sarah Jane, and Marco chartered a boat and ventured into the swamp to find out for themselves.


DIRECTED BY: Olivia Newman

STARRING: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jojo Regina, Taylor John Smith, Luke David Blumm, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., David Strathairn, Jayson Warner Smith, Garret Dillahunt, Ahna O’Reilly, Eric Ladin




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.



Chris HAlan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)

Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.



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