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.
Like Young, Demme often takes an iconoclastic route. This is in part a concert film, yes, but not a traditional one.
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.
The Les Miserables of concert films, Neil Young Journeys contains a great performance by Young, but Jonathon Demme makes an odd and unattractive choice of filming at super close-ups from the mic stand. The documentary also contains too much concert and too little getting-to-know Neil Young.
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.
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|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.|