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Has anyone else seen this movie? I just watched it and I'm pretty blown away.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2022 American mystery thriller drama film based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens. It was directed by Olivia Newman from a screenplay by Lucy Alibar, and was produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter.

The story follows an abandoned yet defiant girl, Kya, who raises herself to adulthood in a North Carolina marshland, becoming a naturalist in the process. When the town's hotshot is found dead, she is the prime suspect and tried for murder.

I was hesitant to watch it at first because there was a warning about sexual violence, but (perhaps because it was directed by a woman) that part of the movie was brief and was not fetishized, so to speak.

I would consider it a feminist movie. Does anyone else have any thoughts on it?

Has anyone else seen this movie? I just watched it and I'm pretty blown away. > Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2022 American mystery thriller drama film based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens. It was directed by Olivia Newman from a screenplay by Lucy Alibar, and was produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. > The story follows an abandoned yet defiant girl, Kya, who raises herself to adulthood in a North Carolina marshland, becoming a naturalist in the process. When the town's hotshot is found dead, she is the prime suspect and tried for murder. I was hesitant to watch it at first because there was a warning about sexual violence, but (perhaps because it was directed by a woman) that part of the movie was brief and was not fetishized, so to speak. I would consider it a feminist movie. Does anyone else have any thoughts on it?

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Haven't watched it yet, but I have read the book and massively enjoyed it!

Just watched this one! It hit a bit more personal than most movies (she'd fit right in with my family's background).

Think they did a decent job of showing those creeping indications of Chase being dangerous for Kya before she realized it, those little undermining and belittling responses that stung but she overlooked as a naïve young woman (things like how his immediate response to her news about being published was to tell her to not let it go to her head, his patronizing attitude towards her illustrations and interests in the first place, making a point of making her feel like a weirdo but he doesn't mind). She was an interesting character, in the push-pull between her loneliness and her many negative experiences the times she came out of her shell a little, opened herself up to others, let them in.

One light critique is she still read as pretty well-socialized for the background she had; would expect a few more eccentricities from her in her interactions with others.

That being said, the one weak spot that jumps out at me is the method of murder. Luring an athletic, dangerous man who could easily overpower her up a tower and pushing him through an open grate didn't make much sense as a plan for a small woman, and I'd have liked to have a better idea of how she was supposed to have done it, since as it stands it comes across a little like the standard pretending women are as physically strong and dangerous as men nonsense a lot of media has been pushing lately

1) This hit close to home for me, too, but for different reasons. The location is similar to the place where I grew up. Like her, I feel a curiosity, admiration, and connection to the native creatures there.

2) I think Chase was a very well written character. He could have been one of several boys I knew in high school. And yes, the red flags were everywhere.

3) I see what you're saying in regards to her social ability. My take was that she did live with her family long enough to understand most social dynamics and she did have a close relationship with the owners of the town grocery store.

4) In regards to the murder, I do agree that it might have been better to have shown how it happened. They could have shown it in a brief flashback sort of way at the end when Tate finds the necklace. I think it's possible that she could have set it up in such a way that very little force was necessary. She only had to get him to fall through the grate.