Movie Review~Go to Utopia This Weekend

Isaiah 3021 sunset grass
Any movie that begins with this verse from Isaiah 30:21 sends a “good-I-will-get-what-I-paid -for” message.
Seven Days in Utopia” chronicles the story of a fictional golfer named Luke Chisholm, played by Lucas Black, who is a talented player training to play on the PGA Tour. After a televised meltdown in his first big tournament, Chisholm careens his car off the road in the small town of Utopia, Texas. He is stranded on the ranchland of eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford, played so well by Robert Duvall (is there any part except perhaps, Cinderella that this gifted actor cannot play?) Johnny Crawford is not what he appears and his no-nonsense approach to golf and life force Luke to look at his own life differently. There are allegories between the two father-figures, Johnny Crawford and Luke’s dad but they are subtle and allow the audience to interpret.

Although Chisholm and Crawford are fictional characters, the town of Utopia and the Utopia Golf Club are real, and the majority of the movie scenes were shot at the Texas-based nine-hole course and in the surrounding hill country. The movie is based on the book  “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia” by David Cook, PhD (not the America Idol winner from a couple of seasons ago).

The slow and graceful way that life requires us to accept losses and marshal our endurance with fortitude is portrayed best through Director Matt Russell’s storytelling style. I am looking forward to seeing this movie again!

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