The Dig

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

Nothing stays lost forever.

The Dig


The framing and cinematography throughout this film is truly beautiful. Every scene is flooded with natural light. The opening tracking shot is majestic. Every shot is perfectly considered and accompanied with classical soundtrack.

There is some really clever use of camera movement when required, injecting energy while contrasting with the more understated photography, which reflects the story itself.

The reflective conversations overlaid with thoughtful closeups work well and resonate with the general tone of the film. Carey Mulligan dwindles naturally throughout, but Ralph Fiennes carries the brunt of the work.

However, the film loses its way throughout the second half, with too many characters and too many themes that distract unnecessarily from the core of the story. Aside from this muddled ending, the redeeming characteristics of this film outweigh these problems.