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"The Dig:" (spoiler)

Just watched last night. Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, indeed, are very good--- in spite of the terrible writing. A ridiculous melodrama with so much trite content that it buries the interesting parts more fully than the boat was covered by dirt.

It followed the Hollywood ideal: create many sub-plots whether they're pertinent, or not. What was the purpose of the young woman on the dig and her gay husband? The brave airman? Why write her husband as gay--- and why be coy about it? Why hint at a ludicrous love story between Pretty and Brown? And that plane crash? Didn't we see that in "1917?" (a drier version)

Pretty, actually, was a fascinating woman having spent years tending to WWI wounded for the Red Cross, at the end of the war, in France. She also was keenly interested in spiritualism. And, from her early youth, archaeology. In other words, she wasn't a bored wealthy widow, crying onto her scones and tea.

Brown, similarly, was an interesting fellow, though Maynard had a lot more to do with the early excavation than is portrayed. Artistic license is one thing, making up entire dramatic themes, quite another.

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