Neil Young Journeys (2012)
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On its own terms, "Neil Young Journeys" is an enjoyable concert film of a solo show in Toronto, interspersed with memories of his Canadian boyhood.
I'd say the movie does a fine job of completing the trilogy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Demme and Young have more in them yet.
The concert camera work is sometimes a little tight for comfort (not really interested in Young's bridge work), though it adds to the intensity.
Count me in the camp that wouldn't mind another Young/Demme movie every two or three years from here on out.
Audience Reviews for Neil Young Journeys
It took a while to warm to the newer material, (much of it from the 2010 album Le Noise), but Neil has still got it... as a recording songwriter. Live, Shakey is getting shakier, and this splicing of a Massey Hall concert with footage from a rambling drive down Highway 11 didn't really do the show any favours. Neither did Demme's heavy-handed, cheap-looking graphic supers about the four students killed in the Kent State riot (sung about in "Ohio"). I'd have liked to have been at the show, and in the end I did like the newer songs - particularly the spruced up 70s rocker, "Hitchhiker" - but this is late Neil, and this DVD is primarily for the collectors.
It's fun to see old Neil be Neil Young, this time solo but going between acoustic, electric and piano/harmonica for some greatest hits and new songs... but that one fish-eye/go-pro or whatever it is lens attached to the microphone that makes us look at his tonsils as he sings... no Demme, bad move, don't do that again.
In the third concert film collaboration between rock icon Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme (who helmed Heart of Gold and Trunk Show), Young gets deeply personal. Demme follows the Canadian rock hero back to his hometown of Omemee, where Young travels through his old neighborhood whilst recalling tales of his youth. Then we see him at Toronto's Massey Hall, where he laces those stories with enduring songs of love, loss and memory fleeting. There's the classics ('Ohio', 'Hey Hey, My My') and the new tunes ('Leia') and all reveal stunning revelations of a truly wondrous life lived. Just like his other works with Young and his amazing concert film Stop Making Sense, Demme can make a concert feel very personal, and my advice is to sit back and absorb it. Shot in the final two nights of Young's 2011 tour, Journeys bristles with rock and roll essence. It's terrific viewing.
Neil Young Journeys Quotes
|Neil Young:||[singing] Better to burn out, than to fade away.|
|Neil Young:||So I lived in this pup tent out here during the summer so I could be out closer to my chickens... I think that's why I was out there.|
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