Review: LOOPERS: THE CADDIE’S LONG WALK Is A Wonderful Sports Documentary

FIRST IMPRESSION

Although it can never fully decide what it wants to say, Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk is still a short and sweet documentary.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

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Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk is a new sports documentary film directed by Jason Baffa and narrated by former caddie and Caddyshack star Bill Murray. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s most respected golf players and professional caddies, the movie takes a look at the sport from the perspective of the person carrying the bag.

It is fair to say that most people know a thing or two about the sport of golf, but it is unlikely that most will know about it in the depth that this documentary presents it. The film does a great job of exploring the sport’s history, in particular the use of caddies, but caddies were witness to various developments in the sport, so you are also sure to learn something new.

However, even more interesting than the movie’s historical saga of the sport are the anecdotes told by the caddies interviewed by the filmmakers. Some of these caddies have experiences that are more interesting than those of others, but as a whole, hearing from them is the best part of this film. Caddies who worked with big-name athletes like Tiger Woods are particularly fascinating to hear.

Furthermore, these anecdotes were often of a humorous nature, allowing the movie to be more enjoyable than it otherwise could have been. Had the film been nothing more than a bunch of caddies and players spewing technical jargon, it would have gotten pretty old really quickly. Instead, the movie has a personality which makes it a light and easy watch.

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That being said, since there are basically two sides to this film, it does feels uneven and inconsistent at times. Ultimately, the filmmakers were unable to find a satisfying balance between the narrative threads, and as a result, even though the units are good on their own, the whole that they come together to create isn’t cohesive.

Murray’s narration is definitely quite well-used throughout. It isn’t the most complex or deep narration, instead being used predominantly to link the different interviews which contain a majority of the movie’s meat. Murray is endlessly enjoyable to hear, though, infusing his signature charm into the film in a unique way.

The movie was also quite impressive on a technical level. The main storytelling method of the film was interviews (well-shot ones at that), but the movie also utilizes a few more methods that are more creative and interesting. For example, there are a few animated sequences which add plenty to the film. Additionally, the score complements the tone and pacing of the movie well.

Overall, Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk was an interesting and informative documentary. Although it won’t be particularly essential viewing for most, Murray’s narration makes it entertaining and worth your time.

Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk hits theaters on June 7.

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Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

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