Honestly, I landed on this film last night, browsing titles on Netflix, because HouseClark favorite actress, Lily James, is in the cast. I was also glad to discover veteran actor Ralph Fiennes was playing the lead. Having known nothing else about the film from before (I usually skip trailers these days), I hit the “stream it” tab. The Dig is a low – key, interesting gem of a film about the arcane subject of archeology. Ralph Fiennes’s portrayal of archeologist Basil Brown is one of his very best performances. The real-life story set in 1930’s England is told with finesse. I'm not particularly well-versed in archaeology, and I didn't know about the Sutton Hoo discovery before watching this film. I think that might be the case for many other viewers, but the good thing about The Dig is that it's primarily a character-driven drama, and one that uses emotional intrigue to bring you closer to the story at hand and allow you to appreciate its importance.
As we learned from watching Indiana Jones movies, a story about digging for buried treasure is certain to include some dramatic scenes with “the guy that shows up to steal the treasure for himself”. So if you are waiting for that element, you will not be disappointed.
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