The Dig is a unique Hollywood period drama film that talks about an excavation in England, the Sutton Hoo excavation. It is historic because of the artifacts. The artifacts give a clearer picture of the history of humankind.
The movie stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Scott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan. Simon Stone will direct this movie, which’s an adaptation of the 2007 novel by John Preston.
The Dig Plot
The Dig is about an excavation that first started as a private exercise, but the authorities came into the picture, once they understood what was at stake.
At the outset, The Dig is about a woman who was at the forefront of an excavation process that took place generations ago. In an era when the underdog character is a female and a gritty one at that, this is a movie that’s perfect for the times.
It will be interesting to see how the movie plans to capture the audience’s interest. On the face of it, it’s just a movie about an excavation, even if it is the most famous archaeological dig in Britain, it is that – an excavation. Critics have noted that even the book took some literary liberties to make the book much more interesting than it was.
What the movie would require to work and become an iconic piece is a human story and a screenplay that captures the audience’s attention right off the bat.
The Dig Plot Review
Historical movies and period pieces work with the audience and are always on the way to become iconic ones. Audiences have a soft spot for movies that talk about historically proven facts, even if it a tragedy. For example, Titanic is still one of the most memorable in Hollywood history, and that’s because of the human story that the movie was. While The Dig doesn’t have a love story at the forefront, it’s still a very human story bound to capture the audience’s interest if director Simon Stone succeeds in making an engaging fare. Stone is one of the most acclaimed theater directors, and has been active for a decade – it will be interesting to see his craft on the big screen after so long.
The Dig Experience
The Dig is a release of importance when it comes to the business as well. It will have a limited release and then will stream on Netflix a week later. This action once again brings the world of streaming to the forefront.
The story of Sutton Hoo has inspired other creators as well. There was the novel, and then there was a radio program. There has been a theater program that told about the Sutton Hoo excavation as well.
The various adaptations also mean that several people know what the movie will tell – book lovers will have already read and re-read the story.
The Dig will have a limited release on 15 January and then stream on Netflix on 29 January.