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The Dig (2021)

Biography | 112 minutes
3,21 415 votes

Genre: Biography / Drama

Duration: 112 minuten

Country: United Kingdom

Directed by: Simon Stone

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James

IMDb score: 7,1 (83.044)

Releasedate: 14 January 2021


The Dig plot

"Nothing stays lost forever."

Just before World War II breaks out, wealthy widow Edith Pretty hires amateur archaeologist Basil Brown. He is ordered to excavate her estate in Sutton Hoo. They make a historical discovery linked to England's past‎.

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Edith Pretty

Basil Brown

Peggy Piggott

Rory Lomax

Stuart Piggott

Charles Phillips

Robert Pretty

John Brailsford

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avatar van AniSter


  • 2019 messages
  • 1559 votes

Nice and quiet film, perhaps a little too quiet. I think it could have been a little more exciting. The whole is provided with the right atmosphere and music, with a fine cast. The use of color is also excellently adapted to the time in which this takes place. The story, based on true events, is well done. There is plenty to see about the British museum on the website mystery of this discovery. At Wikipedia there is an interesting page about Edith Pretty.

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avatar van blurp194


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So I think it's pretty much a perfect movie. Finally a real story instead of the umpteenth remake, the umpteenth superhero movie, the umpteenth overhyped clickbait documentary or gotbetter the umpteenth part of FF - that title I'll probably shorten to fast-forward like the elderly among us have experienced that. No, instead of all that just a surprising piece of history lesson, about real people who actually existed, and found real stuff left there by real people. And it's still entertaining too. Eat that with your fake news and your pre-chewed Hollywood blubber.

And then also by old-fashioned British standards with idyllic landscapes and a bunch of beautiful actors who do their best, led by a Fiennes who is almost unrecognizable in his serving role as a workman of the really-not-upper class. The only real criticism I can think of is that Lily James has been written too much for her head, and not as the story explains "because she's light enough" - the real Peggy Piggott was a respected scientist who wasn't in the least for a of the others. And yes, there are still some details that are a bit too romanticized for my taste.

On the other hand, what the film does really well is tell just enough to keep the narrative strong, without turning it into a documentary. If you want to know more about Sutton Hoo, then go there, or spend a day reading the wikipedia. After all, not everything has to be chewed out completely.

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Black Math

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Yes, this is only about a little. The plot is very simple, not much happens except an excavation. Still, this film is well made and knows how to captivate, also through solid acting. That's pretty cool, there are plenty of films where everything happens, but which are really about nothing or are completely nonsensical (the umpteenth crap romcom or superhero film for example). The images are also decent, but because there is some camera work not really special things happen, I still get stuck at 2.5 *. For more, the film should have had more content.

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