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The Dig

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2020
  • Simon Stone
  • 111 mins
  • 12A

Summary

An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan bring a lot of heart to this drama about the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon burial ship in Suffolk in 1938. Upper-class widow Edith Pretty (Mulligan) invites working-class archaeologist Basil Brown (Fiennes) to excavate the grassy mounds on the edge of her Sutton Hoo estate. He's a self-taught, no-nonsense man of few words while she's a pleasant yet melancholy mother, in an increasingly fragile state, trying to do right by her son and her own legacy. Brown and Pretty's odd-couple united front against the elements and pompous historical organisations is engaging to watch, but a romantic subplot involving Lily James and Ben Chaplin is an unwelcome distraction. The Dig offers an interesting insight into a plot of British archaeological history, but it could have dug deeper into Brown's story.

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DirectorSimon Stone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Netflix
Released on
2021-01-15
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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