The Dig (\N)

The Dig is a movie starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, and Lily James. An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.
  • 7.1 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Moira Buffini, John Preston, Writer:
  • Director:
  • Murray Ferguson, Gabrielle Tana, Ellie Wood, Producer:


10 / 10

Beautiful and worth a watch!

This film was visually beautiful with a rather simple, but very moving story. Also had some great underlying themes that stick with you. The acting was incredibly good too. Just when the story started slowing a bit, new characters were introduced and drew me right back in.

I particularly enjoyed Lily James' character and the job she did to portray her. It's a smaller part, but adds a lot to the film.

It was a treat to see on the big screen if you can find one, but otherwise definitely should be on your list to stream on Netflix (if not twice, at least once)!

7 / 10

Drama,War,And Relationships

This is a very good movie..if you see the picture from the outside you'll say it's a story about an Archeologist and his historically important excavation..but if you dig deeper you'll find a lot of potential in what the movie is trying to tell you.The relationships between us and the people we love,the people we don't even know..heck between people in general and how it's important to a human being..but that comes with a misunderstandings and conflicts and this happening in a time of war and how that is affecting them..all this has been told in an amazing dramatic way of Brasil Brown who discovered and excavated one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time of course with that being the main story.The acting by Carey Mulligan was magnificent and Ralph Fiennes was the one for this role and their performance was the outstanding thing in the whole movie.Another thing was good is the editing..they've done a tremendous job and it was really worth the effort to come up with something like this.Although sometimes there are some side stories that you'll find yourself not that interested in them too much,and the storytelling could seem very slow at some points..also there's ups and downs like any other movie.Overall great movie,worth watching and i suggest you to see it.

7 / 10

A slow-burning exploration of discovery, time, and character study

IN A NUTSHELL:Based on a true story, this drama tells the historical account of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge in Suffolk, England. They actually found two medieval cemeteries on the site that date from the 6th to 7th centuries on a homeowner's private property. They found an undisturbed ship buried with a bunch of Anglo-Saxon artifacts. For an archaeologist, that had to have been extremely exciting. This, however, ain't no Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The film is directed by Simon Stone and based on a novel by John Preston. It fills in some reimagined holes in the historic excavation. Just like the ship that remained hidden for centuries, the insightful film is a study of characters who are also overlooked by others around them. It's a slow, steady exploration of people and things that disappear in time.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:Kids will be bored and wish for more action. So will some adults.You see a naked woman in a bathtub but the camera angle protects her modesty.Someone gets into a perilous situationImplied homosexuality

THEMES:GreedLoveHistoryDeterminationBeing heard and appreciated by othersRespect for things and people

THINGS I LIKED:The movie features some of my favorite actors: Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, and Lily James. Speaking of Ralph Fiennes, he actually helped to establish a real archaeological field school in England with his brother called The Poulton Project. It's a multi-period site that has special significance because of a medieval cemetery that students excavate every spring and summer! Very cool.If you want to see two completely different performances by Carey Mulligan, check out her most recent movie PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. You'll want to watch my review of that movie before you see it though because of its subject matter. Carey Mulligan is sure to receive an Oscar nomination for her outstanding performance in that role where she plays a young, beautiful woman. In THE DIG, she appears 20 years older!A lot of the camerawork looks like it's hand-held because so many scenes are shot up close and personal, a good choice.The film is well crafted and beautiful to look at as a period piece.Be patient while the many layers of the story and its characters unfold.The emotive score by Stefan Gregory is lovely and effective.You just might look at artifacts in a museum differently the next time you go.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:It's a VERY slow-moving movie.Did Ralph Fiennes put a cotton ball under his lower lip or something? Every time he spoke, I was completely distracted, trying to figure out what was going on with his mouth. Don't get me wrong...I still love him as an actor.Lily James doesn't show up in the movie until almost a full hour into it. I absolutely adored Lily James in the live remake of CINDERELLA. She was PERFECT in it. In that movie, she played the daughter of Ben Chaplin, so it was SUPER weird seeing her kiss him as his wife in this film. I wanted to see more of her story in the movie.Not a lot happens in this very straight-forward, almost dry telling of history.Not much humor.There's no specific villain other than time itself.There's no urgency to the story. Perhaps that's intentional as time slowly marches on...

You can watch my review on my Movie Review Mom YouTube channel!

10 / 10

Excellent film

Loved the film having visiting the site it has brought life to the whole story. Wonderful really loved it

8 / 10

Mulligan and Fiennes excel in well-crafted drama

I'm a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, as both of them are remarkable actors who are able to uniquely infuse character development and range into any role they can play. Needless to say, this British drama about an excavation of the Sutton Hoo burial site right as World War II was beginning certainly delivers. The film focuses on two main characters, Edith (Carey Mulligan) and Basil (Ralph Fiennes.) Edith is a woman living on the property near the Sutton Hoo, reeling from grief yet also thoughtfully determined and autonomous in both her interpersonal and private lives. Basil is a mild-mannered archaeologist helping lead the excavation. Mulligan and Fiennes each portray remarkable emotional cores in their performances, and clearly are also able to convey the general sense of fear and uncertainty at the time in the United Kingdom as World War II was beginning through their performances as well as the broader historical context of the story.

The cinematography of rural England is absolutely outstanding, with superb lighting and wide shots. With a delightfully simple aesthetic and a stirring score, these aesthetic qualities combined with gripping performances and well-detailed historical context create a uniquely powerful impact on the viewing experience. All of the characters are also very well-developed through the calmly understated yet deeply sophisticated writing, and a clear sense of purpose is present in all of them. The tensions between Edith and several individuals representing cultural institutions, such as the British Museum and Ipswich, about exactly what to do or where to send the discoveries from the excavation are also very gripping, creating an additional layer of depth to the story. Ultimately, what is so unique about this film is that it is simple and elegant on some levels, but powerful and layered on other levels. Its ultimate meanings on the significance of culture, history, and collective sacrifice will be read differently from viewer to viewer; nonetheless, this a very powerful and well-made drama that clearly succeeds as both a character acting piece and a potent historical study. Gladly recommended. 8/10