Film Review “Golf in the Kingdom”

Director: Susan Streitfeld
Starring: Mason Gamble, David O’Hara, Malcolm McDowell and Frances Fisher
Golf in the Kingdom LLC
Rated PG
Running Time: 87 minutes

Our Score: 2 out of 5 stars

Most movies have a scene where it takes the lead on a existential transcendental journey to find themselves, but with this film it never moves on from that point. The film started and I was enjoying the whole trippy existential experience and then I was waiting and waiting for it to take the next step in the story. Unfortunately I was left waiting. I have never read the book so maybe I am missing the overall deep meaning for the story. Well even if I did, I found my eyes struggling to stay awake and focused on this film. Luckily it wasn’t all bad since the film does have some great acting.

David O’Hara really delivers a great performance in the film. David is is know for his role in “Wanted” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and is co-starring in “Cowboys & Aliens”. Mason Gamble also delivers a great performance as Michael Murphy. Mason is known for his lead role in 1993’s “Dennis the Menace”. He has really proved in this film that he can act and will bring great things in the future.

“Golf in the Kingdom” follows Michael Murphy (Mason Gamble) whose encounters with a meets a golf player named Shivas (David O’Hara), who has a profound influence on him. Shivas teaches Michael not only golf but also about spirituality. I wouldn’t really call this a sports movie in general though since it is focuses less on the game and more on the spiritual side of life. I would say more of a coming-of-age finding yourself film with golf in the background.

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