There have been many memorable endings to films, with Scarlett O’Hara proclaiming “tomorrow is another day” in 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” and the disclosure of the identity of Rosebud in 1941’s “Citizen Kane” as but two notable examples. The inspirational G-rated golf drama “Seven Days in Utopia,” doesn’t conclude on such a note.
Instead, it follows in a narrower tradition: films with enigmatic endings that leave the audience wondering what happens next, as in 1967’s “The Graduate,” which finds Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) rescuing Elaine (Katharine Ross) from her wedding only to have the two look less than happy riding away together on a bus, or 2004’s “Sideways,” with Paul Giamatti’s character knocking on the door of the woman who spurned him, not knowing how she will greet him.
Based on David L. Cook’s faith-based novel, “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia,” the new film stars Lucas Black as Luke Chisolm, a young pro golfer who has a disastrous round on the tour.
(Spoiler alert: Key plot points are discussed from this point on.) Escaping the pressures of the tour – especially his demanding father, who is also his caddy – Luke finds himself stranded in a little town in Texas called Utopia, where he is given seven days of golf, life and spiritual lessons by an eccentric rancher, Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall).Continue Reading on www.fayobserver.com