Neil Young Journeys

Neil Young Journeys

Jonathan Demme (2011)

74min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This documentary about the legendary Canadian rocker intersperses live footage of him on stage in Toronto with scenes of him driving across Ontario on his way to the venue. As he travels through small towns and revisits old haunts, Young recalls boyhood adventures and family functions with warmth and wit, offering some insight into the inspiration for his music. However, director Jonathan Demme spends just a fraction of the film's running time on the "journey", opting instead to concentrate on two gigs that mix Young classics with songs from his then new album, 2010's Le Noise. Young is in fine form on stage, the cameras never more than a few feet away, although the extreme close-ups of the singer's stubble-heavy face from the point of view of his microphone are, arguably, a bit too intimate.

Summary

Documentary following the country rock singer as he returns to his home city of Toronto at the end of his 2011 world tour. Director Jonathan Demme's film combines concert footage from two shows performed at the Massey Hall with interviews in which Young reflects on his past and shares stories of his childhood.

Cast & Crew

Neil Young Neil Young (1)
Director Jonathan Demme

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyReleased on: 14 Dec 2012
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