The Dig (Simon Stone, 2021) Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes
blurb: An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.
I've just seen Naomi Watts in a sentimental film about a magpie called Penguin Bloom, and suggested she was past her 'bloom'. Carey Mulligan is another formerly pretty girl now of a certain age, and in a pathetic (proper sense of the word) role. However, both of them do well.
I kept being surprised it was obviously Ralph Fiennes, so why was he talking in that funny (not proper sense of the word) way. Not sure he should be cast in regional, character roles. He really wouldn't like to hear anyone say that. ... Actually, I thought he was just rather dismal - like the weather in the film.
Fortunately, Australian director Simon Stone, making only his second feature, angles the story towards drama, emphasizing the tensions of the time, social, political and sexual. The northern European summer of 1939 was idyllic, but The Dig begins that autumn, with dark skies that foreshadow the war looming just across the North Sea. As Spitfires roar overhead, Brown, no fan of the present, glances up resentfully, then shoves his spade back into the cloying soil. filmalert101.
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