The Dig

Earlier this evening I sat down and watched The Dig on Netflix. Folk had been raving about it all week and despite me being more of a documentary watcher I decided to give it a go and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The Dig is all about the archaeological excavations carried out on an Anglo Saxon burial mound in the period leading up to the Second World War.

The acting in it was superb even though Carey Mulligan who played Edith Pretty was 20 years younger than the real Edith Pretty.

Ralph Fiennes is the star of the show as Basil Brown the self taught archaeologist (or excavator as he liked to call himself) and Im sure there will be awards down the road at some point, for him, the cast and the production team.

Surprisingly the Sutton Hoo helmet was never mentioned throughout the whole film, I was sitting waiting for it to be plucked in pieces out of the ground but I didnt realise that due to the Second World War the actual dig was halted and the artefacts recovered were stored in the London Underground for protection after being donated to the British Museum and it was only constructed from the bits excavated in 1946 so true to the time line Brown and his fellow diggers never really understood what they were removing – like little pieces of a jigsaw.

Sutton Hoo Helmet

I also enjoyed the way that the impending war was viewed, with trepidation and fear and not the usual stiff upper lip , ‘lets get stuck into the Jerries’ bravado that permeates so much of modern main stream media.

The film has some beautiful locations and although being 2 hours long you get drawn into the idyllic story being unfolded before you and although not really fist clenching, heart beating exciting the story wraps you in its warmth and floats you of gently down its streams until you come to the end and find that the 2 hours has flown by and you are left with the afterglow of a lovely experience.

Well worth a watch. 9/10 from me.

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