FILM REVIEW | THE DIG

After the performance Carey Mulligan produced in the recent thriller Promising Young Woman, we get to see her full range in this period piece Netflix drama.





Written by Elliot Lines

Based on a 2007 novel by John Preston that was inspired by the true story of one of the most significant British archaeological finds ever, The Dig follows these character through discovery, friendship, love and pain.


There are many relationships built throughout, with the most notable one being the archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) and Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan). The pair strike up a common interest in the treasures that lie beneath suspicious mounds embedded in the English countryside. Each person that is introduced to the scene fits in perfectly, with all their passions aligning to one common goal, uncovering this treasure. However, one relationship felt disconnected from the story itself. The romance between Peggy (Lily James) and Rory (Johnny Flynn). Almost coming out of nowhere, there didn't seem to be any reason for it, and the fact that this was part of the true story that was fabricated was quite obvious.

Set in the heart of Suffolk, England, the natural setting shone through, vast fields with plenty of green and yellow shades. This provides us with some stunning picturesque imagery, constantly changing with the classic English weather, even if we're spending half the time down in the dirt there is always something to admire.


This was a time leading up to the war, and there are small moments where this is clear, however this makes sure it focus' on the dig itself. There is a genuine excitement when there is a discovery of any substance, which is felt amongst the whole cast, a little bit of hope in which would become dark times.


Emotions run wild at the end, with an inevitable event which slowly comes to light throughout the duration. The Dig is a celebration of this incredible discovery and recognition for the ones who have been forgotten.


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