WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Where the Crawdads Sing: If romance drama king Nicholas Sparks wrote murder mysteries.

Where the Crawdads Sing is based on the wildly popular novel set in the 1950’s and 60’s that
tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself in the rural swampland of North
Carolina. Known as the Marsh Girl around the nearby town, she haunts the community in more
ways than one. So when handsome athlete, Chase Andrews, is found dead in the bog, the
locals immediately suspect Kya.

Bookclubbers everywhere have been waiting on pins and needles for the adaptation of this
Delia Owens page turner ever since Reese Witherspoon announced she’d executive produce
the big screen version. There’s love, suspense, love, abuse, love, mystery, love, art, love,
cheating, love, sadness and love woven seamlessly into a related story about the study of
animal behavior.

This largely female helmed production has all the elements of a fulfilling summer fling despite
the mostly unknown cast. Daisy Edgar-Jones is innocently believable as Marsh Girl while her
suitors, Taylor John Smith as Tate and Harrison Dickson as Chase, are a bit soggy and lacking

There’s also a bit of controversy surrounding Where the Crawdads Sing as author Owen’s
ex-husband is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of a poacher when the
couple worked as zoologists in Africa. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift, who wrote and performed an
original song for the film, is now being trolled for her involvement with the production.

Is Where the Crawdads Sing art imitating life or just a good old fashioned romance drama? My
husband, Ricky, gives it 2 👁’s open. I believe it will pinch your interest. It gets a 6.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.