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Where the Crawdads Sing

Ultimately, this just reminded me of the kind of films that my mum catches half way through on True Movies and then recommends because a scene made her feel sorry for someone. Lots happens with little consequence, and literally everything is geared towards the audience finding sympathy for its protagonist. After two hours it’s just pretty flat. 

There’s also a racist trope that you’d expect a film in 2022 to be aware of enough to avoid. That being that there are two black characters who exist for no other reason than to empower a central white character. We don’t know anything about them other than what they feel towards her, and that they’re presumably nice people because of how they feel towards her. That’s it. 

There’s an interesting idea towards the end, which is really the only part I found compelling. It probably isn’t worth waiting for though, as the only other semblance of enjoyment I found was from a really awkwardly set up conversation at the start, and then one of the most accidentally comedic slaps in cinema history. In-between, there’s just a long, dull slog.

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