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The Dig

Published February 20, 2021

The Dig

Film info

  • Title The Dig
  • Director Simon Stone
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Drama, History
  • Tagline Nothing stays lots forever

On the eve of World War II, a British widow hires a self-taught archaeologist to dig up mysterious formations on her land, leading to a staggering find.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:57“Mrs Pretty please.”
7:59Shepherd’s hut on the move.
11:27Ooh, they are underhanded these museum people!
13:57The doctor’s advice, on the eve of war, is to learn to stop worrying.
19:25He said it wasn’t safe, didn’t take his own advice.
25:09Amazing Stories comic book! I want one.
27:31They pulled a whole ship? Strongman competition!
33:32“There’s Mr Brown, with a woman!” That’s how gossip starts.
42:13It’s going to be a huge ship!
46:05Can they just come in and demand to take over like that? It’s still her land.
47:37I do like Basil being a man of few words.
51:13“Because it means something. Something that will last longer than the damn war.”
1:00:34They need a bigger shepherd’s hut now.
1:05:16The 6th century is just mind-boggling.
1:09:53Is that nightingale story true?
1:20:17I can’t believe he stays in a tent when there’s a perfectly good house right there.
1:34:31I can’t believe she’s having a garden party and it’s not raining.

Thoughts

Exquisite film, this one. Slow-paced, softly-spoken, not hard-hitting action but gentle drama which somehow manages to heighten the emotions of what could be a boring story (man digs a hole) but actually manages to be an enlightening piece about history and what it means to all of us.

Carey and Ralph are the centrepiece and rightly so, they have great chemistry as two very unlikely partners in a massive undertaking. The surrounding cast do their bit, but it is these two that I kept wanting to see. Just lovely.

Rating: 5 / 5

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