Review Revisited :: The movie Where the Crawdads Sing

A Return to Where the Crawdads Sing

Next week the movie Where the Crawdads Sing hits theaters. The review I posted about the book in 2019 has garnered 144,000 hits and 135 comments. That post alone catapulted the number of Lit&Leisure‘s unique visitors to nearly 60k in 2020 and has kept the monthly average above 2k.

Obviously, something I wrote resonated.

Then, last summer when Lisa Hedger launched her bookish podcast Everyone Loved It But Me, she started with a two-part discussion of Where the Crawdads Sing and referenced my review. Earlier this week, Lisa revisits her original recordings in a dual nod to her podcast’s one-year anniversary (congrats!) and the upcoming release of the movie Where the Crawdads Sing. In her updated opening, she goes back to my post for additional calls outs. So, thanks, Lisa, for the shout-out!

I’ve been asked by a few folks if I plan to see the movie Where the Crawdads Sing, and yes, I probably will. First, I really like Reese Witherspoon. Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line are among my favorite movies of all time, and I love what she did with Big Little Lies. But primarily, I think this is going to be one of those rare occasions when the movie is better than the book.

Since we know that Reese loves the book (it was her June 2018 book club pick), I don’t think her “fixes” will be overly intentional; but, I trust they will be there nonetheless. For example, the editing errors should be resolved in the screen adaptation. Whether the upgrades are enough to make the movie Where the Crawdads Sing a favorite of mine in Witherspoon’s canon, remains to be seen.

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