The Dig

All my favs in one movie? AND archeology? Yes please.


Release date: January 29, 2021
Director: Simon Stone
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: People who liked 1917 more than Dunkirk. Folks who love the Natural History Museum.

When should you watch this movie: When the future feels daunting. When you haven’t spoken to your best friend in 3 weeks (watch this movie then call them!).

The sell: It’s so hard not to make this review entirely about how much I love Carey Mulligan and everything she does, but there’s more to this movie that’s worth mentioning so I’ll save it for my review of Drive. Watching The Dig feels like drinking a warm mug of chamomile tea while reminiscing about your late grandmother (imagining all the things you wish you’d asked her) and quietly crying. I’m not sure how better to describe this romantic, tragic, poem about archeology and mortality. There is a lot going on in this story, including several fully realized characters with myriad overlapping problems, but the film never feels hectic or hurried. The soft tones and delicate camera work float the audience through the Suffolk countryside and into the characters’ psychology. The performances are understated and subtle, drawing the audience in to observe the intricacies of life’s fragile beauty. Throw in class commentary and an indictment of the British Museum, and bam, it’s a perfect movie.

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