eh… NOT great… made at tv quality
By Boll Weevill
a book story worthy of a movie; however needing a good editor… as Delia Owens writes poorly and is definitely no Harper Lee. The Movie also needs a substantial do-over, as it’s pristine video appearance is made-for-tv-quality. clean. sappy. all the off-stage hair-stylists had better talent than the actors. who are ALL boring.——————————————————————————— Executive production; you know the movie wasn’t made by sincere execs @Hello-Sunshine when the main character’s name, Kya, is misspelled throughout the movie. — if basic literary details are ignored, how ever should the audience expect any other qualities to be correct?…. like the level of violence in the racism of 1950s - 60s chapel hill nc, for instance. ——————————————————————————— poor casting of the main character; either Daisy Edgar-Jones didn’t pull off this part or she was mis-directed; she portrayed someone not tough enough true to the character in the book, nor intelligent enough; actor’s appearance physically is incorrect, certainly daisy is not athletic, the character in the book holds herself in a confident stance, not like some suburban-raised weakling. ———————————————————————————— director is Olivia Newman …. tho not familiar, but starting an opinion of her work with this movie; wardrobe-wise, the main actor on screen is not gritty at all; manicured nails, spa treatments, perfectly-hydrated skin, $500 hair styles, professional makeup and a slight-framed actress casted to hold up cleanly washed & pressed attire like $2000 lace blouses and $1500 taylored silk pantaloons…. really? exactly what “offgrid” closets in the 1950s contained silk lace outfits and thoroughly brushed conditioned hair in swampwater… knotted in designer twists without nappy rats. ya think!? .… makes the aesthetic very contrived —- makes for bad first impression of this director, for me. —- This aesthetic failure is key, as it is the character’s suffering which is the elemental characteristic that just doesn’t come across the screen at all, as it did from the book. — i’d say the director never stepped foot in any marsh for any length of time either in carolinas or anywhere. —————————————————————————- cultural realism; eff me — this director is either painting a new history with propaganda or she’s entirely daft or entirely ignorant to the amplitude of violence racism had in 1950s chaplehill… wonder if Olivia did this intentionally, or was it the “brush” she was given? … hmmm? …. regardless of why, the tainted entire scene in Jumpin’ and Mabel’s shoppe is a complete joke. laughable in a very disgusting way… this white-washing has to be intentional… especially in 2022 when no-one with corporate money wants to offend supporters of the fat orange chump. (but should be) ————————————————————————————- then the second actor, Taylor John-Smith, not only a dude with the misfortune to have a name of native american mass murderer, but such a boring actor, every scene he’s in can be fast-forwarded; which significantly improves the movie. … by the way, Kya had many beaus in the book… seems movie execs change that detail completely as well. again, changes made by this movie production from the book whenever it suits, and as not to offend the obtuse chump supporters. really!? —————————————————————————— by the time i get to the third actor, the movie is so boring, the fast-forward is a must…. only plot necessary to keep awake are in the courtroom scenes…. and the way this movie interlaces plot strings is an attempt like the book, but fails miserablly…. storyboarding, if even done, is as contrived as the actors. so zero plot loss by skipping nearly 3/4s of this movie. pretty bad.———————————————————————————- sappy, simpleton dialogue between actors exchanging puppy-dog eye flutter just dumbs down the realism from the book. (and the book is no masterpiece of dialogue, but this movie is worse)———————————————————————————- dialect completely off. especially as language was such a key element in the book. actually there is no dialect in this movie…. another major mishap. —————————————————————————- movie had potential, but somewhere lost by the producers and casting directors; as this story should have been scripted by a better screen writer, and directed by someone familiar with swamps and better appreciation of subject-matter and culture —- this production was set up for failure. ———————————————————————————— … i am not surprised this movie was backed by a big name star; which makes sense as to why made for video movie is so “clean” and contrived. just like that star’s brand. …. too bad, the story is pretty great. deserved better movie.————————————————————————————- recommendation; …. delete movie, read the book. heck, better yet, read about the author of the book… another great story. just hope this production company folds, or if it doesn’t, learns value of subject matter experts, finds a better author whose book to buy and then ignors political fear factors, and learns it is right to offend all the gullible obtuse people.